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MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects for $1.6M

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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
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From building architectural structures with 3-D printing and drone technology, to combatting drought around the world with a symbiotic ensemble of renewable energy systems, hydropower, and desalination, MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) awardees help to solve the world’s challenges through collaborations with their international peers. MISTI GSF projects have led to published papers, subsequent grants, and lasting collaboration — between individuals, and between MIT and other leading research institutions.

In just nine years, MISTI GSF has awarded $13,343,951 to more than 540 faculty projects in over 42 countries around the world. This January, at the conclusion of the program’s 2016-2017 grant cycle, MISTI GSF granted over $1.6 million to 81 projects (out of 241 applications), representing five MIT schools and 24 departments across the Institute. MISTI GSF consists of a general pool of funds for projects in any country, and several country- or institute-specific funds.

This past year MISTI supported collaborations in 22 unique countries through 23 individual MISTI seed funds, including the newest funds: MIT Boğaziçi University Seed Fund and MIT-Korea KAIST Seed Fund. Click to see this year’s GSF grantees.

Past winners include Alexander Slocum, professor of mechanical engineering, ESG director, and MacVicar Fellow (MIT-Israel Seed Fund); Caitlin Mueller, assistant professor of architecture and civil and environmental engineering (MIT-Belgium-Université catholique de Louvain Seed Fund); Michael Short, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering (MISTI Hayashi Seed Fund); and Roger Summons, professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences (MIT-Mexico CONACYT Seed Fund).

The next MISTI GSF call for proposals will be announced in May 2017 with a proposal deadline in early fall. More details are available on the MISTI website.

MISTI, a part of the Center for International Studies, is a program in the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT-SHASS).

Source: MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects | MIT News

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