MIT’s Global Strategy, announced in May 2017, envisions the creation of new region-specific platforms for cultivating, facilitating, and coordinating faculty and Institute-level collaborations in targeted countries and regions.

Key to this vision is the establishment of the MIT Global Partnerships Fund to support research and educational collaborations between MIT faculty and their counterparts abroad, with an initial focus on three regions: Africa; Latin America, particularly Mexico and Brazil; and China. The MIT Global Partnerships Fund will allow MIT to connect and engage with regions and areas where it has been less active, develop stronger collaborations with peer institutions, and explore opportunities for collaboration in education and innovation/entrepreneurship as well as research.

In 2017-18, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund will focus on projects in Africa or Mexico. 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.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and international participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and international teams
  • include MIT undergraduate and graduate students

An initiative of the MIT Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund is administered through MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.