MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects

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.

The following DUSP Faculty and Projects were among the winners:

  • Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Russian Arctic (MISTI Global Seed Fund): Brent Ryan (DUSP), Ksenia Mokrushina (Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO)
  • Enabling New Water Planning Regions with Data Analytics, Visualization, and DSS Tools (MISTI Global Seed Fund): James Wescoat (Architecture/DUSP), Abubakr Muhammad (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
  • Immersive and Multidisciplinary Educational Program for Deep Understanding of Complex Problems in Underserved Communities (MIT-Brazil TVML Seed Fund): Hashim Sarkis (Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning), Carolina da Costa (Insper), Alexandre Holthausen Campos (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein)
  • Participatory Design for Sustainable Public Transportation Planning: Applications in Different Socio-cultural Contexts (MIT-Chile Seed Fund): Chris Zegras (DUSP), Patricia Galilea (Pontificia Universidad Católica)
  • Developing a Game-based MOOC (MIT-France Seed Fund): Eric Klopfer (DUSP), Francois Taddei (Center de Recherches Interdisciplinaires)

[From an article by Caroline Knox on MIT News -- click here to read more.]