MIT creates first seed fund in Israel

MIT-Israel/BGU Seed Fund to support collaborations between faculty and research scientists in the US and Israel.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently signed an agreement to create a Seed Fund to promote and support early-stage collaborations. It is the first Seed Fund that MIT has launched in Israel through its MIT International Science and Technology (MISTI) Initiative.

“We at BGU are excited and looking forward to tightening our collaboration with MIT faculty and students,” said Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences Prof. Joseph Kost.

“The agreement we signed today will enable MIT and BGU to move forward in key areas of research important to both institutions” said MISTI MIT-Israel Faculty Director and MIT’s Dean of Graduate Education, Prof. Christine Ortiz.

The schools launched an MIT-Israel/BGU Seed Fund to support collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at BGU.

“We see this as another step in creating widespread, lasting relationships between the scientific communities at MIT and BGU and hope to launch other MIT-Israel Seed Funds in specific areas of interest and with other Israeli academic institutions,” said David Dolev, Managing Director of MISTI MIT-Israel and Assistant Director of MISTI.

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  • oldfashioned2011

    Can you give some examples of the kinds of research collaborations that the seed fund will encourage?