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MIT launches Lockheed-backed seed fund to foster Israeli research partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: April 16th, 2019

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) have created the MIT-Lockheed Martin Seed Fund, promoting collaborations between MIT and research institutions in Israel.

The fund, which will also operate in Germany during its pilot period, is backed by a $150,000 sponsorship from Lockheed Martin and will support two to four early-stage research projects in Israel. It will initially focus on proposals which fit Lockheed Martin’s advanced manufacturing priorities. These include manufacturing process control, modeling of materials and processes, novel materials for extreme environments, and factory automation.

Collaborations between MIT and Israeli researchers will be carried out under a structured framework backed by Lockheed Martin, and may lead to additional sponsored research under separate agreements. Collaborating researchers will also have access to Lockheed Martin facilities both in the U.S. and Israel.

In addition to financing travel, meeting and workshop costs for collaborative research, the fund will also pay for one MIT student internship in Israel under the MIT-Israel program, established in 2007 to connect MIT students and faculty with companies and research opportunities in Israel.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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