2022 Call for Seed Proposals
STATUS: CALL CLOSED
The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) is pleased to announce its 2022 call for seed grant proposals from MIT Principal Investigators from any of the Institute’s schools, departments, laboratories, or centers. The call was open until April 4, 2022.
The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) is a strategic international partnership between MIT, Portuguese universities and research institutions, the Portuguese government, as well as partners from industry and other non-academic institutions, with the goal to foster collaborative research between the parties. The seed grants are designed to seed and support idea generation for MIT faculty on topics that are of mutual interest to both MIT and Portugal and that would promote collaboration between both.
For the 2022 Call for Proposals, the MIT Portugal Program encourages both:
- New applications for innovative projects in one of the below four research areas, and
- Renewal applications to allow for the continuation of research projects, with an active Portuguese collaborator, that were funded in a previous round of MIT Portugal Program seed grants and which grants have not yet expired.
Interested researchers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in the following 4 research areas although other areas with benefit to the Portuguese people will also be considered:
- Climate Science & Climate Change
- Earth Systems: Oceans to Near Space
- Digital Transformation in Manufacturing
- Sustainable Cities
A more detailed description of each research area can be found in the research section.
The Program has supported over 40 research projects in this phase of the collaboration. A list of past awards can be found here.
Proposals will be accepted from MIT Principal Investigators from any school, department, laboratory, or center. While this funding is exclusively for MIT Principal Investigators, proposals are expected to include collaboration with Portuguese faculty, students, industry, or other institutions in Portugal. If you do not have a Portuguese collaborator, we can help you connect with interested collaborators in Portugal.
Renewal applications of existing research projects must demonstrate active and meaningful collaboration with Portuguese researchers, industry and/or students.
How to Apply
The deadline to submit proposals is April 4, 2022. Seed grants will be awarded in amounts up to $100,000 for a one-year period. Proposals with a higher budget will be considered with appropriate justification. Applicants will be informed of the results by the end of May 2022. Funds for new projects will be available for use from June 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023. Funds for renewal projects will be available for use from the expiration date of the existing grant through August 31, 2023.
Funding may be used for, but is not limited to, MIT salaries (including summer salaries as well as RA, postdoc, and other salaries), tuition for MIT students, materials & supplies, services, equipment, travel & meeting costs to facilitate collaboration with Portuguese collaborators, and indirect costs. Funding should not be used for salaries for foreign collaborators.
MIT PI’s hosting a visiting student from Portugal, as part of research collaboration, may apply for additional funding to cover visiting student fees.
Applications must include a project proposal and a project budget. Both the proposal and the budget templates can be found here.
Please submit the project proposal and project budget via Apply here button on MIT Funding Opportunities.
Any area-or-budget-related questions can be raised with [email protected]. The proposal and budget do not need to be routed via RAS or Kuali Coeus (KC).
At the end of the grant period, grantees will be required to submit a brief report to the MIT Portugal Program office highlighting the accomplishments and results of the project, active collaboration with Portuguese researchers, industry and/or students, any publications resulting from the project, as well as a final financial statement. The report should be 2–4 pages in length and may be used in whole or in part in materials submitted to governing bodies and on the MIT Portugal Program website.
April 4, 2022
Proposal and budget submission deadline
End of May 2022
Announcement of funded projects
June 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Funds available for use for new projects
End existing grant – August 31, 2023
Funds available for use for renewal projects
Please check the FAQ section if you have questions about the seed grants or the process.