Last update: 8/11/14

    Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry - Apply by October 17, 2014

CLOSED - Interested in green chemistry and sustainability? If you are a U.S. student—from high school through graduate school—you can apply to the Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry and get up to $2k in travel expenses covered to present your research at qualified ACS conferences in 2015. Make sure you get your application in by October 17, 2014. If you have questions, email or call 1-202-872-6102.

Students, apply for up to $2k to attend a 2014 ACS #greenchemistry conference. Deadline 10/17/14:

    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Proposals DUE Friday, September 5, 2014 

CLOSED - 10,000 in grants are available to help Michigan institutions develop sustainable, green laboratory practices and projects. 
The funding is available through DEQ’s Michigan Green Labs Initiative, a collaborative grant effort to assist institutions and share best practices for minimizing the environmental impacts of their laboratory operations. The project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is supported by partner universities in Michigan. 

Funding is available to non-profit organizations, including universities, and local and tribal governments. Total grant funds requested must be no more than $10,000, and the proposal must clearly indicate how the money will be spent. 

Grantees must fund at least 50 percent of the total project cost. Requests for funding will be accepted through Sept. 5. 

To view the current Request for Proposals and learn more, go to the Michigan Green Chemistry Program website at or call the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 1‑800‑662-9278. You may also contact Mr. Chris Affeldt at for more information.

    US EPA & National Science Foundation Support Research for Safer Chemical Design 

Now CLOSED for submissions. Deadline was March 18, 2013.

On December 20, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation announced two new solicitations, namely:

  • Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis" - requests applications from trans-disciplinary research teams who want to replace toxic and expensive chemicals with greener, safer alternatives.  These safer chemical design processes could, for example, consume less water, generate less waste, or use less energy than current practices.  
  • Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle” - seeks research to further the understanding of chemicals (including nanomaterials, materials produced at the nano-scale) throughout the life cycle at the systems and molecular levels.  As chemicals are manufactured and used, they may be altered through their interactions with people and the environment, potentially resulting in unforeseen health and environmental impacts. This research has the potential to provide tools to characterize and predict these health and environmental effects. 

More information on the RFAs:    

 American Chemical Society - Funding & Awards Page

The American Chemical Society (ACS) maintains a web page of ACS grant, award, scholarship and interniship opportunities.

 NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows 


FON:  12-601

AGENCY: National Science Foundation; Multiple Directorates

ITEM: Notice seeking proposals to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation must be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experiences beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise.

ACTION: Proposals were due November 26, 2012. Approximately $7 million is available to support 15 to 20 awards. The revised solicitation now requires that the prospective PI must not have worked for more than 36 months in position(s) which required the doctoral degree. In addition, the revised solicitation now requires that prospective PIs cannot be employed in a tenure-track (or equivalent) position.


Solicitation: notice:


Larry Weber, 703/ 292-7240. Email:

 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

FY2012 Request For Applications (RFA)

On April 19, 2012 the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office released the FY2012 Request for Applications for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) [PDF of RFA # EPA-R5-GL2012-1].

Applicable GLRI focus areas include:

  • Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern, including reduction of toxic substances (through pollution prevention or other means) in the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes;
  • Invasive Species, including efforts to institute a “zero tolerance policy” toward new invasions;
  • Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution, including a targeted geographic focus on high priority watersheds and reducing polluted runoff from urban, suburban and agricultural sources; and
  • Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships, including climate change resiliency and strategic partnerships through Lakewide Management Plans.

Solicitations are now CLOSED. Closing date was May 24, 2012.

For more information, please visit

  US EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Program

2012 Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants

The US EPA STAR Program has CANCELLED  the following 2012 solicitations that pertain to green chemistry:

  • Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety
  • Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design
 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Eleven U.S Federal Agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF), participated in the SBIR Program, established by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982.

Annually, solicitations may be released for Phase 1 and Phase II research proposals from science- and technology-based firms that qualify as small businesses (i.e. 500 or fewer employees).  Phase I awards are used for “proof of concept” of the proposed technology; whereas Phase 2 awards are only available to businesses that have successfully completed Phase I, for the purposes of further developing and commercializing the technology. Additionally, Phase II companies may be eligible for a further “commercialization option or supplement” if they secure qualifying third party investment.

2012 Solicitations


Solicitations for Phase 1 proposals are now CLOSED. Closing date was May 3, 2012. The following are qualifying topic areas, including a focus on “Net Zero”, the concept of moving towards zero net consumption of water and energy and zero net production of waste:

  • Water
  • Air Quality
  • Innovation in Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Utilization of Biomass
  • Green Building
  • Homeland Security
  • Waste Monitoring and Management

For more information, please visit the US EPA SBIR Program website.


NSF SBIR Phase I Solicitation FY-2013 for environmental technologies is now CLOSED. Deadline for submission was June 19, 2012. The four broad qualifying topics are:

  • Biotechnology and Chemical Technologies
  • Education Applications
  • Electronic, Information and Communication Technologies
  • Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

For more information, please review the NSF SBIR Program solicitation online.






Funding from the State of Michigan

The Green Chemistry Program of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded several grants from 2008 to 2010 to universities, businesses and other organizations to initiate green chemistry focused projects. (Learn more)

Business and Business Plan Competitions

  • Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition - featuring cash prizes in 8 sectors: Advanced Materials; Advanced Transportation; Alternative Energy; Information Technology; Life Science; Medical Devices; Next Generation Manufacturing; Products and Services
  • Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest (GLEQ) - featuring cash prizes and an opportunity to be featured in the GLEQ Investor Review Book.