MIT – IIT Ropar Seed Fund

The MIT – IIT Ropar Seed Fund supports grants of up to $30,000 for early-stage international collaborations between MIT and the Indian Institute for Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar).  The Fund will primarily support the development of research projects related to water, food, and/or agriculture that involve collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT and their counterparts at IIT Ropar.  This seed fund is collaboratively managed by the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) and MIT India. You can read more about this initiative in MIT News.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues abroad. The international colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000 for an 18-month project period. Project proposals must be submitted by an MIT PI and the IIT Ropar colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal.  Faculty and research scientists at IIT Ropar may be listed as co-applicants on proposal applications.  

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • present a balanced exchange between the participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

This funding may be used for travel, meetings, and workshop costs; funds cannot be used to cover salaries, materials, or equipment.

All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.