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.

MIT-Israel Zuckerman Scholars

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

MIT Israel Zuckerman Fund Launch

To date, MIT and Zuckerman Institute researchers have collaborated on 17 projects. See the impact their projects are having here.

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The 2022-2023 cycle of the MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) is now open.

The MIT- Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund is 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.

MISTI Global Seed Funds promote collaboration between MIT faculty members and their counterparts abroad. Proposals should be submitted via the MISTI Global Seed Funds online application portal. Many of the joint projects we fund lead to publication, 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 goal 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. A maximum of $30,000 is provided by most funds.

MISTI GSF is comprised of a general fund and several country, region or university-specific funds created by MISTI country programs, including the MIT- Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund for faculty collaboration.

All funds adhere to MISTI GSF guidelines.

Deadline for applications is December 13, 2022.


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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 I James S. Gertler
Trustees, Zuckerman Institute