Technical Division Innovative Projects Grant (IPG) Program

IPG Purpose and Goals

The ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) funds new Division projects through Technical Division Innovative Project Grants (IPGs). This program encourages Technical Divisions to conceive of and implement innovative projects to strengthen the functioning of the Division.

Proposed innovative projects must 1) be new to the applying Division (intended to “seed” new ideas); 2) stimulate Division member involvement; and 3) be pilot projects for a continuing Division activity, or else take advantage of a unique upcoming opportunity for the Division.

Projects that support interaction with other ACS local sections, ACS Divisions, ACS committees, ACS international student chapters, other professional associations, or community groups are especially encouraged, as are programs that foster inclusiveness and participation of diverse Division membership.

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IPG Guidelines

Divisions may be awarded funding for up to two projects totaling up to $12,500 in a calendar year, and may have no more than two active proposals during any one review cycle. The maximum funding per project is $7,500. DAC may, at its discretion, reserve up to 10% of available funds to support Division programs related to thematic programming. Divisions may request up to $2,000 for IPG proposals specifically pertaining to strategic planning (which is deducted from the maximum $12,500 pool of allowable funds leaving $10,500 for funding for up to two proposals). DAC reviews IPG proposals in two cycles each year.

  • Funds must be used to support the proposed Division projects and should be expended within a 1-2 year time period.
  • No matching funds are required, but Divisions should include a list of other funding sources being considered.

 IPG activities may include:

  • outreach initiatives
  • young scientist recruiting
  • webcasting
  • Divisional awards (no cash awards)
  • increasing minority participation in Divisional activities
  • increasing participation in regional meetings
  • joint programming with outside Society organizations that is co-sponsored with ACS
  • intra Society collaborations (e.g. Division and local sections)
  • joint academic/industrial/government participation
  • effective demonstrations or displays
  • public awareness
  • value-added initiatives to enhance Division membership
  • Divisional programs related to thematic and/or multidisciplinary programming
  • Divisional strategic planning

There are some restrictions on IPG funding. Specifically, funds from the IPG program may not be used for:

  • Honoraria, cash awards, or for creating endowments.
  • Events/projects that have taken place prior to the proposal deadline.
  • Continuing an existing program or project in the Division.
  • Travel and registration requests to non-ACS meetings.

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Deadline for Proposals: February 1 and July 1

The submission deadlines are February 1 (Spring round) and July 1 (Fall round), and these dates are consistent from year to year. Proposals submitted by February 1 will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting, and may be awarded, denied, or deferred. Funds for the awarded proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than May 1. Spring proposals may be deferred until the Fall to maximize resources if the proposed activities will occur well after the Fall ACS National Meeting, or if clarification is desired. Denials are effective for the remainder of the calendar year; for example, a proposal denied during the Spring cycle cannot be resubmitted until the following calendar year.

Proposals submitted between February 2 and July 1 will be considered during the Fall review cycle, and will be either funded or denied. Funds for the accepted proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than December 31.

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IPG Application Procedures

The IPG proposal may be submitted by any member of the applying Division, but must be accompanied by a letter of support from the current Division chair.

The IPG application form details the requirements, which include:

  • Appropriate contact names and information for the review timeframe, as the announcement of the recipients may span Division officer terms.
  • Project’s goal, innovative aspects, background, outline, and detailed budget, which should justify the funding amount requested.
  • Also required are:
    • Letter or email of support from the current Division Chair (or Executive Committee member if the Chair is the Project Contact).
    • Letters or emails of support from co-sponsoring Divisions, local sections, committees, or other community groups, if applicable.
  • Email proposals to Division@acs.org. All proposals accompanied by letters of support received by the due date will be given full consideration by the DAC Divisional Enhancement Subcommittee.
  • Proposals will not be considered if the Division’s previous Annual Reports are delinquent.
  • Divisions that are recipients of these funds are required to submit a short report on the use of the funds and the effectiveness of the completed project. A status or final report on any previous year’s funding must be submitted to the DAC staff liaison before any new funding for a subsequent year will be considered.

Past IPG Successes

Innovative Project Grants are funded by the Divisional Activities Committee to experiment with new ideas and approaches to engaging members. Every division that receives an IPG files a report on their activity and the outcomes.
If you are contemplating submitting a grant proposal or writing a final report, please review the following examples of successful events and reporting.

  • MEDI:  Medicinal Chemistry India 2013
  • ENVR:  Intersociety Initiative
  • PROF:  Out to innovate
  • AGFD:  Cajun Cooking
  • CELL:  Egg Food Safety

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