The MIT-Germany Seed Fund, made possible by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, awarded its first faculty grants in December 2011. These funds will be used to cover international travel, meeting and workshop costs in an effort to support budding collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Germany.
The MIT-Germany Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds which was established to enhance the internationalization of MIT research and education. The program is composed of a general pool of funds for projects in any country and several country-specific funds.
The MIT-Germany Seed Fund received 33 proposals this year — more than any other country-specific fund — and was able to award $132,260 in funding. Each awarded proposal included significant students involvement in the collaboration.
Quantum Effects in Photosynthetic Systems
Jianshu Cao, Professor, Chemistry, School of Science
Martin Plenio, Alexander von Humboldt Professor & Director, Ulm University, Germany
Susana Huelga, Professor, Ulm University, Germany
Combining Model Reduction with Sparse Grids into a Multifidelity Framework for Design, Control and Optimization
Karen Willcox, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering
Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Prof. Dr., Technische Universität München, Germany
Automatic Parameterized Model Generation for MRI Coils
Luca Daniel, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering
Mikhail Kozlov, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
Analytical Approaches to Large-Scale Databases of Musical Scores
Michael Cuthbert, Associate Professor, Music and Theater Arts, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Hans-Peter Kriegel, Professor Ordinarius, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Michael Demkowicz, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering
Peter Mayr, Prof. Dr., Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
The next MISTI Global Seed Funds call for proposals will be announced in May with a proposal deadline in early fall. More details are available on the MISTI website: http://web.mit.edu/misti/faculty/seed.html
MIT-Germany is the largest of 13 the country programs within MISTI. A pioneer in applied international studies, MISTI annually places 600 MIT students in professional internships and research positions within its network of companies, universities, research institutes and NGOs around the world.