Through an annual call for proposals, MIT-Italy seed funds primarily support travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and research institutes in Italy.

Through an annual call for proposals, MIT-Italy seed funds primarily support travel costs for exchange between MIT faculty  and colleagues at partner universities and research institutes in Italy.  

In all cases, applications must be jointly submitted by an MIT PI and a PI from one of our Italian partner universities: Universita’ di Pisa, Politecnico di Milano,  Universita’ di Udine, Universita’ di Trieste, and SISSA, also in Trieste.

For all funds:

  • The Italian collaborator(s) must be identified in the proposal.
  • Only tenure-track faculty qualify as PI's. 
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Italian participants
  • Collaborations are expected to begin soon after the funding decision is announced.
  • Demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • Involve undergraduate and graduate students

Important information about visiting students

  • Graduate students who are enrolled full time at their home institution and who have been invited by an MIT department or laboratory to do research in their field of studies must apply for Visiting Student status if staying at MIT for more than 3 weeks.
  • Obtaining the visiting status and the J-1 visa requires time (over two months) and the process must be initiated  and managed by the hosting faculty and department
  • Students need to prove they have the required financial support to obtain the visa.
  • Students visiting MIT for more than 2 weeks in the context of seed fund collaborations are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about $6,000 a year and are required to purchase the MIT student health insurance or prove access to a  similar plan. If your proposals include their participation, please budget accordingly.

MIT- Italy MIT-UNIPI Seed Fund-Universita’ di Pisa

The MIT-UNIPI Project supports new collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists and their counterparts at Universita’ di Pisa.

  • Priority funding is given to projects in energy, information and communication technologies, and life sciences.
  • The maximum award is $21,000. (Plus 10% MIT overhead)

MIT - Italy Roberto Rocca Project-Poliecnico di Milano

The Roberto Rocca Project supports collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists and their Politecnico di Milano counterparts. 

Priority is given to projects in the fields of materials science; mechanical and environmental engineering; bioengineering, health science and technologies; energy, electrical engineering, mathematical engineering and artificial intelligence; computer science and smart technologies; space planning and hospital design.

  • The maximum award is $15,000 (plus 10% MIT overhead).

MIT - Italy MIT-FVG (Friuli Venezia Giulia) Seed Fund

The FVG seed fund supports collaborations between MIT faculty and colleagues at SISSA ( Trieste) Universita’ di Udine, and Universita’ di Trieste. Other Research Institutions of the Scientific and Innovation System of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (SIS FVG) may also participate together with the above mentioned universities.
 
In keeping with the United Nations 2030 agenda on sustainable development- broadly understood as including economic inclusion and diversity; environment protection in a fair and peaceful institutional setting—the MIT-FVG seed funds especially welcomes projects in these areas. 

  • The maximum award is $23,000 (Plus 10% MIT overhead).

The MIT-Italy seed funds are part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.