Student Inter-Chapter Relations Grant

Partnering with ACS Student Chapters can facilitate new ideas for programs and events, a larger pool of potential volunteers, and a wider perspective that comes from increased involvement with more Student Members. Student Chapters that are minimally active can also be invigorated by partnerships with those that are more active, and these collaborations can allow less active Chapters to participate in projects that they might not have the resources to do on their own.

With this in mind, the ACS has created a new program whereby ACS Student Chapters are eligible to receive up to $500 to support activities involving two or more Chapters ($750 for collaborations that also involve the local section). These funds may be used for a single activity or for several activities. Activities can include:

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an Inter-Chapter Relations Grant, a chapter must:

  1. Have active status. To be active, a chapter must meet the following requirements:
    a). Submitted at least one chapter report within the last three years.
    b). Have at least six ACS student members who have paid their ACS dues.
  2. Submit all financial reports for any chapter grants received during the previous academic year (if applicable). Projects which represent continuations or minor modifications of previous activities will not be funded.

Project Goals/Requirements

Your project must:

  • Actively involve other Student Chapters within a 120 mile radius.
  • Promote interaction through friendly competition, scientific sharing, or fellowship over a commonly-held interest.
  • Strengthen the network of your ACS Student Chapter to interact with ACS local sections, other ACS Student Chapters, and other chemistry enthusiast groups.
  • Include a tentative schedule with a completion date no later than July 1, 2016.
  • Submit a final report – due July 12, 2016 – that includes a detailed project description, a list of sample activities, at least 5 photographs (at least 1 megapixel), an evaluation of results, and a final budget summary. We also require a member of your Chapter to write an article about your event for the Reactions Blog or for inChemistry magazine, also due July 12. If your project is not completed by the Final Report date, grant money must be refunded and a new grant proposal must be submitted.

How to Apply for the Grant

Proposals for 2015-2016 are due by October 23, 2014.

Applications for the ICRG are to be completed online. Prior to beginning the application process, please prepare the following:

  1. A description of the event or activity, including what will be done, the proposed location, date, time, name(s) of other ACS Student Chapters invited, and the names of members of the planning committee. Your proposal should also include a rationale and describe details about the project, your target audience, partnerships, staff (including qualifications), and safety considerations.
  2. Budget analysis, including an estimation of itemized expenses. The maximum amount of the grant is $500. If the chapter includes a letter of support from the local section indicating their involvement, the maximum amount of the grant is $750. Grant funds may be used for facility rentals, supplies, transportation (mileage), and food and beverages. Grant funds may not be used as payment to an individual, honorarium, or for alcoholic beverages.
  3. An Assessment Plan for how the success of the event will be measured, in terms of how this activity helped the participating Chapters, the extent of public outreach (if that was a goal), how well the activity aligned with the mission and goals of the ACS, whether the final costs were manageable and within budget, and so forth. This assessment can also include “Lessons Learned” in terms of what did and did not work well.
  4. A description of potential future follow on activities, or ideas for how this activity might be expanded to include more Chapters, greater involvement of students, or increased engagement with the local section(s).
  5. Letters of support from partnering institutions combined into a single PDF document.  

Grant Awardees will be notified by December 15, 2015 with the disbursement of funds to follow in early December. Grant funds may be used at any time during the 2015-2016 academic year. If your chapter is awarded the grant, they will receive a list of all ACS Members in their area, as well as a list of all High School Chemistry Clubs, NOBECChE chapters, and Alpha Chi Sigma chapters. We encourage them to use this list liberally.


Possible Projects

  • Host an Undergraduate Research Symposium. Award prizes to the best posters in a variety of fields, and have an ice cream social afterwards.
  • Compete in an Inter-Chapter Chemistry Competition. Which student chapter in your region is the smartest, fastest, and best on their feet? Find out!
  • Put on a Chemistry Carnival for your community. Have each Student Chapter set up their own booth and entertain and educate the locals about the joys of chemistry. And don’t forget the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream.
  • Participate in events such as Earth Day, National Lab Day, National Chemistry Week, or in events held at local schools.
  • Partnering with other professional and civic societies to help spread the message of “Improving People’s Lives through the Transforming Power of Chemistry”!



Grant applications will be reviewed by members of the ACS SOCED Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board (UPAB) and graded on completeness, creativity, likely impact, and the extent of the involvement of the participating Student Chapters. If the UPAB has additional questions during the review, applicants may be contacted.