A world renowned system of education, a policy driven support of innovation and technology and a culture of combining theoretical and industrial experience make Germany the ideal environment for promoting MIT’s tradition of mens et manus, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and practice while gaining experience in the field.
Each year 80-100 students intern at leading German companies, universities and research organizations. Projects are hands-on and student contributions can lead to patents, publications and new technologies. Students also have the opportunity to apply for teaching opportunities as part of the unique Global Teaching Labs program in Germany, where they are placed at German high schools to teach STEM subjects in January.
Germany Seed Funds facilitate research collaborations between MIT faculty and their German counterparts.
Launched in 2011, the MIT-Germany Seed Fund granted 26 projects with partners throughout Germany and has increased the visibility at MIT with outstanding German centers. Seed funded projects have led to larger scale grant support with the NIH, corporate sponsorship at German universities, peer-reviewed publications and increased post-doc exchanges. The MIT-Germany Seed Fund ended in 2018.
The MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund launched in fall 2015 and awards two projects annually (three in 2019). Open to all disciplines, the fund aims to promote student participation and deepen research partnerships, with a focus on junior researchers.
The MIT-Germany - FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Seed Fund launched in summer 2018 and awards one project annually. Open to all disciplines, the fund aims to foster new research partnerships and promote the exchange of faculty and students.
The MIT-Germany - University of Regensburg Seed Fund will launch in summer 2019 and awards one project annually. Open to all disciplines, the fund aims to foster new research partnerships and promote the exchange of faculty and students.
The MIT-Germany - Lockheed Martin Seed Fund will launch in summer 2019 and awards two to four projects annually. The fund is open to proposals that align with Lockheed Martin’s Global Strategy to promote international, collaborative research focused across diverse disciples. For 2019, special priority will be given to proposals that fit within Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Manufacturing priorities to identify emerging innovative technologies around but not limited to:
- Manufacturing Process Control
- Modeling of Materials and Processes
- Novel Materials for Extreme Environments
- Automation of the Factory of the Future
German Industry and Research
Working with a robust and diverse portfolio, the program has contacts with hundreds of partners in nearly every corner of the country. While most organizations are interested in hosting MIT students for summer internships, teaching programs or recruiting for longer projects, other partners are interested in strengthening their presence at MIT and connecting with faculty and researchers on campus.