Internal Research and Funding Resources
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Information + Applications
Click the links below for information on each funding opportunity.
School Funding Opportunities
Dean's Fund for Professional Development
SHASS Faculty Travel Fund
SHASS Diversity Travel Fund
Kelly/Douglas Humanities Fund
De Florez Fund for Humor
SHASS Research Fund
MISTI Global Seed Fund
Dean's Fund for Professional Development
All faculty, adjunct professor, professor of the practice, instructor, technical instructor, lecturer, senior lecturer, principal/senior research scientist, engineer, or associate are eligible to apply. Lecturers need to complete three semesters of MIT teaching before they are eligible to apply. Visiting faculty and staff are ineligible. Priority will be given to individuals without alternative sources of support (e.g. discretionary funds).
Proposals requesting up to $2,000 are accepted three times per academic year. Funding decisions will be made within roughly three weeks following the due dates:
October 2, 2020
January 29, 2021
April 4, 2021
Members of the faculty may ask the Dean's Office to reimburse the cost of attending one conference per fiscal year. Regular faculty members (assistant professor and above) are eligible. The faculty member must be involved in professional activity at the conference (i.e. presenting a paper or moderating a panel discussion).
The maximum reimbursement is $1,000 toward airfare/transportation and lodging.
Prior approval must be obtained from the department headquarters and the Dean's Office. Retroactive approval for expenses will not be allowed.
The goal of this fund is to enable faculty members to participate in diversity-related programs at professional conferences or meetings (for example, panels or workshops on diversity in higher education or programs for diverse populations). The fund will support faculty member's travel where faculty are actively engaged in diversity efforts.
Members of the faculty may ask the Dean's Office to reimburse the cost of attending one conference per fiscal year where they are participating in diversity-related activities. Regular faculty members are eligible. Following their travel faculty members are expected to provide SHASS Associate Dean with a brief report (1-2 pages) about the program/conference, especially any ideas that emerge that might enhance diversity recruiting and retention in SHASS.
The maximum reimbursement is $2,000 toward airfare/transportation, lodging and the cost of the diversity conference/event.
Prior approval must be obtained from SHASS Associate Dean. Retroactive approval for expenses will not be allowed.
MISTI Global Seed Funds
MISTI (MIT Science and Technology Initiatives) offers seed funds to MIT faculty and researchers to support early-stage international projects and research collaboration. Applicants are encouraged to involve MIT students—both undergraduate and graduate—in their projects.
MISTI GSF includes a general fund for projects in any country and six country funds, each with its own specific set of requirements. Projects that match the requirements of a country fund should apply to that fund; all others should apply to the general fund. Download the PDF application form.
For more information visit MISTI Global Seed Funds.
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MIT Funding Opportunities
The generous support of alumni from the classes of 1951, 1955, and 1972 provides resources to faculty for educational initiatives.
Class of '51 Fund for Excellence in Education
Class of '55 Fund for Excellence in Teaching
Class of '72 Fund for Educational Innovation
Proposals should be submitted in the spring to the Dean for Undergraduate Education for projects to be undertaken in the next academic year.
For more information, visit the alumni fund web site.
Established through a grant from Brit, SM '61, and Alex d'Arbeloff '49 this program funds educational initiatives. A request for proposals is distributed annually in the fall.
For more information, visit the d'Arbeloff Fund.
We provide seed funding to enable MIT faculty, staff and students to engage in projects to reimagine teaching and learning in higher education. We are particularly interested in innovations rooted in MIT’s research and practice with the potential for generating high impact on higher education globally. Awards range from $10K-80K for the duration of up to 12 months. Proposals due: February 5, 2021
We provide seed funding for research projects that will improve workforce learning around the world. Ideal projects will improve advice, learning, assessment, or credentialing for individuals, or will help organizations or governments to assist workers in these ways. Awards range from $20K-$70K. Proposals due: January 20, 2021
pK-12 Education J-WEL Grants
We encourage faculty to propose educational innovations and research that will impact a broad base of global pK-12 educators and learners, while also considering the relevance to learners in the USA. Awards range from $20-80k and will be for up to 12 months in duration, ending in Spring 2022. Proposals due: Febrary 5, 2021