International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education

IMFAHE-Grants & Awards

IMFAHE´s Nodal Award, Special ¨Shark Tank¨

A key goal of IMFAHE is to encourage and support the development of scientific and entrepreneur collaborations among national and international institutions and persons that promote breakthrough basic science, new translational research, job creation as well as projects with social impact. 

To advance this goal, IMFAHE has created a unique platform of talent that connects professionals and students from 5 different continents in the world catalyzing mentorship relationships. IMFAHE has created as well, in collaboration with Spanish Universities, 43 Excellent Fellowships (up to date, 50% hosted by Harvard University and MIT) and now is launching for the first time in Spain a pilot project that is designed to enhance or create new inter-programmatic “nodal point” interactions between members from the International Mentor Program (students affiliated to 11 Spanish universities and Spanish professionals affiliated to international institutions like Google, Harvard or Princeton). Collaborations between discipline-based programs (biomedicine-engineering-economics/entrepreneurship) are encouraged. 

The Project and Ideas were exposed as a “Shark Tank-Type Contest” during the Innovation Camp at University of Valladolid the past July 2nd, 2018.
Mentors and mentees work together to develop international projects. Among 5 proposals, the following ones have received a seed grant:

  • DEMVIR (3,000$): Goal: to create virtual reality goggles to help early detection and monitoring of Alzheimer´s disease. Participants: 2 mentees (UMA and ULL) and 1 mentor (MIT).
  • ISOWORK (2,000$): Goal: to design a gadget that optimizes the follow up and immediate feedback upon exercising for people with motor-muscle associated problems. Participants: 1 mentee from UEMC, 1 mentees from ULL, and 1 mentor from Aspire Academy Sports Medicine de Qatar.
  • HEALTHY HOMES ($2,000): Goal: to design new air-purification systems for smart buildings. Participants: 3 mentees (UVA, UMA, and UPV) and 1 mentor (MIT).
  • ClinicAppChain ($1,000): Based on the AppChain technology, the goal is to create a system to transfer clinical files between (inter)national institutions confidentially. Participants: 2 mentees from UMA, 2 mentees from ULL, 1 mentor from Harvard Kennedy School, 2 mentors of University Autónoma of Mexico. 

For more information and participation basis for 2019, click below:

Basis Nodal Award - Shark Tank contest

Letter of Intent (Template)

Resolution IMFAHE Shark Tank Nodal Award edition 2019. La Laguna, Tenerife March 19th 2019

Winners of the IMFAHE´s Nodal Award 2019. V Innovation Camp. La Laguna, Spain. March 2019.