Dec. 29, 2014


The MIT-Israel-BGU Seed Fund recently approved several joint research proposals for funding, supporting new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at BGU. The grants are for the period between January 2015 - August 2016.

The following proposals were approved for funding:

1. “Self-Sustained Agriculture Based on Marginal Water”

Professor John Lienhard (MIT), Assistant Professor Amos Winter (MIT), Professor Jack Gilron (BGU), Dr. Naftali Lazarovitch (BGU), Professor David Faiman (BGU), and Professor Eilon Adar (BGU)        

2. “Improving the Delivery of Treatments in Spinal Cord Injury Using Ultrasound”

Professor Robert Langer (MIT), Timothy O'Shea (MIT), and Dean Joseph (Yosi) Kost (BGU)         

3. “Identification of Epigenetic Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Tomato Seed Germination”          

Assistant Professor Mary Gehring (MIT), and Assistant Professor Aaron Fait (BGU) 

4. “Guiding Students' Learning Using On-line Collaborative Annotation Tools”

Professor David Karger (MIT) and Senior Lecturer Yakov (Kobi) Gal (BGU)        

5. “Channel Photocurrent Spectroscopy – Characterization Tool for Heterostructure Transistors” 

Professor Jesus A. del Alamo (MIT), and Assistant Professor Ilan Shalish (BGU)

The MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) Global Seed Funds grant program promotes and supports early-stage collaborations between MIT researchers and their counterparts around the globe. Many of the joint projects they fund lead to additional grant awards and the development of valuable long-term relationships between international researchers and MIT faculty and students.