For Institutions

The ACS Bridge Program (ACS-BP) leadership team recognizes that to reach the goal of eliminating the achievement gap between undergraduate and graduate participation, it is essential to build a large base of institutions that can admit and retain underrepresented racial and ethnic (UR) students through an ACS student application process.

The ACS-Bridge Program Bachelor’s and Master’s student applicant database provides access to a unique talent pool for departments in the chemical sciences.

Since our first priority is to ensure a supportive pairing between student and graduate programs, we have established two levels of departmental engagement (Bridge Site & Bridge Partner) to support the goal of broadening participation in the chemical sciences.

Bridge Sites

An ACS Bridge Site is a department at a master's or doctoral-granting institution that has devised a program that prepares students to apply and be accepted into a doctoral program in the chemical sciences.

Becoming an ACS Bridge Site

Only ACS Bridge Sites can receive up to $180,000 for three years to help establish successful bridge programs. Request for Proposals will be available in mid-Summer 2020.

Key Components

Successful Bridge Programs might share certain key elements that exist within a supportive institutional context. These contextual and programmatic components build on one another to provide students with a complete educational experience, from admissions and induction to research and mentoring.

Learn more about the individual components, as well as the successful strategies from our collaborators in physics (APS Physics Bridge Program) use to build and improve their programs.

Bridge Partners

Partners are departments that have demonstrated that they will provide a supportive, bridge-like treatment of students. This designation allows us to recommend supportive programs to interested students and helps departments committed to Bridge Program principles recruit talented students to their programs.

ACS Bridge Partner Benefits

  • Access to ACS-BP bachelor’s and master’s student applicant database (an annual recruitment effort by
  • Public recognition by ACS of the department’s commitment to diversity in the chemical sciences
  • Endorsement of the graduate program to UR students in Bridge Programs and to others who contact ACS to inquire about possible recommendations for departments that have supportive postbaccalaureate educational environments
  • Featured on ACS and ACS-BP websites
  • Access to individuals in the project and at existing bridge sites who are knowledgeable about support strategies for UR students in graduate studies
  • Strengthening Broader Impacts statements in federal grant applications

Becoming an ACS Bridge Partner

Becoming a Partner is free. All universities that grant a master's or doctoral degree in chemistry are eligible to apply. Partner applications are reviewed annually by members of the ACS Bridge Project Team. The deadline for applications is in June of each year. Please download the Request for Proposals for Partners template to apply.

Now Accepting Bridge Site Proposals - Due September 1

Start the Bridge Site Request for Proposal Process by downloading the RFP. Email to learn more.

    Attend the ACS Bridge Program and Site RFP Informational Webinar on June 21, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm EST. 

    Attend the ACS Bridge Program HBCU Informational Webinar on July 13, 2021, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm EST.

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Bridge Program at a Glance

  ACS Bridge Site ACS Bridge Partner
Receives funds from ACS Yes
(up to $180,000 for three years)
Access to ACS-Bridge Program Bachelor’s and Master’s student applicant database Yes, early access Yes, regular access
Demonstrated, departmental  commitment to goals of the ACS Bridge Program Yes Yes
Public recognition by the ACS of the department’s commitment to diversity in the chemical sciences Yes Yes
Strengthening Broader Impacts statements in federal grant applications Yes Yes
Request For Proposal


Early Fall, yearly


June 1, yearly

Departments at a medical school or similar environment that host graduate students that perform research in the chemical sciences  
No Yes
  • ACS Bridge Sites

    • Arizona State University 
      Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    • Florida State University 
      Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    • Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology
      Chemical Engineering
    • Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Indiana University, Bloomington
    • The Ohio State University
      Chemistry and Biochemistry  
    • University of California, San Diego
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Houston 
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • ACS Bridge Partners

    • Brown University
    • California State University, Fresno
    • Columbia University 
    • Cornell University 
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • CUNY 
    • Florida Agricultural Mechanical University
      Chemical Engineering 
    • Northeastern University
      Chemistry and Chemical Biology 
    • South Dakota State University
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Stony Brook University
    • The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
      Chemical Engineering
    • University of Illinois, Chicago 
      Pharmaceutical Sciences Department 
    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • University of Northern Colorado
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Oregon 
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Rochester  
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
      Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry 
    • University of Washington 
    • Villanova University