MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund for Faculty Collaboration

The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Israel.


Established in 2019, the MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund for Faculty Collaboration is a strategic partnership that continues to enhance collaboration and deepen relations between Israel and the US — the core vision of the Zuckerman Institute.

In 2022, the Zuckerman Institute renewed its support for MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) for an additional three years.

MIT Israel Zuckerman Fund Launch

To date, MIT and Zuckerman Institute researchers have collaborated on 23 projects. See the impact the latest projects are having here.

August 14, 2023, Tel Aviv (l-r): Lina Deshilton, Executive Director, Zuckerman Israel Institute; Arsen Vasilyan, MIT graduate student; Prof. Eran Ben-Josef, MIT; Marie-Laure Charpignon, MIT graduate student


The Center for International Studies is pleased to announce that the 2023-2024 cycle of the Global Seed Funds (GSF) is now open.

The GSF grant program promotes and supports early-stage collaborations between MIT faculty members and researchers and their counterparts around the globe. Many of the joint projects funded lead to publications, additional grant awards, and the development of valuable long-term relationships between international researchers and MIT faculty and students.

GSF grants enable participating teams to spend time together, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim of developing and launching joint projects. MIT faculty are encouraged to include MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects as participating members of the collaborating team. Most funds provide a maximum of $30,000.

GSF is comprised of a general fund and over twenty country, region or university-specific funds including the Zuckerman STEM Fund in Israel.

MIT- Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund: open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at one of the following Institutions: Bar-Ilan University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Technion – Israel Institute of Technology; Tel Aviv University; University of Haifa; and the Weizmann Institute of Science. MIT PhD students must be included in the proposal.

All funds adhere to the general GSF guidelines.

The application deadline is December 12, 2023.

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“The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund shows that the deep bond between MIT and Israeli peers is vital for the advancement of scientific research and the spread of new discoveries. Since its inception three years ago, the Fund allowed students and faculty from both countries to address important challenges, to inspire new solutions and to building meaningful relationships across our academic communities.”– Eran Ben Joseph, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

We look forward to further accelerating the dynamic exchange of ideas that foster original research and collaboration between our great institutions: MIT and Israel’s top universities. MIT’s global MISTI program has proven to be a perfect match to the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, and we are thrilled to continue this successful collaboration, committed to new scientific discoveries that will improve the world around us.”– Eric J. Gertler, James S. Gertler
Trustees, Zuckerman Institute