Lockheed Martin Seed Fund Program
at MIT Continues to Grow Globally

Worldwide Collaborative Research Program Includes Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Switzerland

Since its inception in 2019, the MIT-Lockheed Martin Seed Fund has funded cutting-edge international collaborations between researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with academia in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Switzerland.

The program advances critical technologies through global partnerships with universities and public research institutions.

“This has been a great opportunity to expand our student-focused MIT programming to support new faculty collaborations with global partners in fields like advanced manufacturing, sensor technologies and quantum information science,” said Justin Leahey, managing director at MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives organization (MISTI).

This Seed Fund combines Lockheed Martin’s history of research and development with MIT’s global reputation and reach. It aligns the technology expertise of MIT and international universities, creating a truly unparalleled opportunity for innovation in a specific technology space.

MISTI Seed Funds, which are open to all MIT faculty and principal investigators and their international collaborators, promote and support the exploration of early-stage collaborations. The program prioritizes projects that promote a sustained and balanced exchange between two complementary teams; are likely to make an important contribution to the field; are new or entering a new phase; and involve undergraduate or graduate students in a meaningful way.

Seed Fund applications will be accepted Sept. 13, 2022, through Dec. 13, 2022.

Investing in Today and Tomorrow through Partnership

Lockheed Martin continues to strengthen partnerships around the world to protect global security. By acting as a catalyst for economic and industrial growth, we help further progress and innovation with partner and allied nations.  

“Lockheed Martin is a partner for not just industry but also academia,” said Jonathan Hoyle, Lockheed Martin chief executive Europe. “Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research is a critical focus for us. We know first-hand the importance of educating young people in these areas. Future global success and technological advantage depends on a pipeline of highly trained, highly capable technical talent.”

The MIT-Lockheed Martin Seed Fund is one way we are investing in and collaborating with academia to help solve the world’s toughest challenges.