2023 Call for Seed Grant Proposals
The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) is pleased to announce its 2023 call for seed grant proposals from MIT Principal Investigators from any of the Institute’s schools, departments, laboratories, or centers. The call is open now through April 3, 2023.
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 of fostering collaborative research. The seed grants are designed to encourage such collaborations and to generate new ideas and advance research both in Portugal and at MIT.
For the 2023 call for proposals, the Program encourages:
- 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 2022 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 50 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, the Program ([email protected]) can help you connect with interested collaborators in Portugal.
MIT faculty that worked with a Portuguese collaborator to submit an exploratory proposal in Portugal in the fall of 2022, are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.
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 3, 2023. New seed grants will be awarded in amounts up to $100,000 for a 15 month period. Proposals with a higher budget will be considered with appropriate justification. Applicants will be informed of the results by the end of May 2023. Funds for new projects will be available for use from June 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024. Funds for renewal projects will be available for use from the expiration date of the existing grant through August 31, 2024.
Applications must include a project proposal and a project budget. Both the proposal and the budget templates can be found on MIT Funding Opportunities.
Please submit the project proposal and project budget via the submission portal on the MIT Funding Opportunities page. Both the proposal and the budget templates can be found via the submission portal. 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 could be 2 pages in length or less, and is ideally ready to be used on the MIT Portugal Program website.
April 3, 2023
Proposal and budget submission deadline
End of May 2023
Announcement of funded projects
June 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
Funds available for use for new projects
End existing grant – August 31, 2024
Funds available for use for renewal projects
Please check the FAQ section if you have questions about the seed grants or the process.