Division Innovative Project Grant

Vision and Purpose

The ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) funds new Division projects through Technical Division Innovative Project Grants (IPGs). This program encourages Technical Divisions to create innovative projects that will serve the Division members.

Submission Deadlines: February 1 (Spring) and July 1 (Fall)

  • Proposals submitted by February 1 will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting, and may be awarded, denied, or deferred to the Fall cycle to maximize resources. 
  • Funds for awarded Spring cycle proposals will be transferred to Division treasuries no later than May 1.
  • 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 awarded Fall review cycle proposals will be transferred to Division treasuries no later than December 31.

What Makes a Successful IPG?

  • A project new to the applying Division
  • A project intended to “seed” new ideas
  • A project that engages current Division members and helps to recruit new members
  • A pilot project to be continued by the Division
  • A joint project promoting collaboration between divisions, and between divisions and local sections (see Local Section IPG)
  • A strategic planning project
  • A project for a unique upcoming opportunity for the Division

Joint Division Applications

  • Each division should submit an application clearly stating the division's role and budgetary requirement in the project
  • Provide signed letters of support from all participating divisions
  • Intended for not more than three divisions per application

Available Funding

  • Maximum $7,500 for a single project
  • Maximum $12,500 for a joint project of two or more divisions
  • Funding of up to two active IPG projects per division, not more than $12,500 within a calendar year

What is required with Application?

  • Clear statement of project’s goal and innovative aspects
  • Brief project background
  • Detailed budget clearly justifying the funding amount requested
  • Details of additional funding sources for the project, if applicable and project budget exceeds requested amount
  • Support letter on Division letterhead, signed by current division chair. If the applicant is the division chair, the support letter must be signed by another executive committee member. The support letter must also include a brief status report for any currently ongoing division IPG
  • Signed letters of support from co­sponsoring Divisions, Local Sections, Committees, or other community groups, if applicable
  • Divisions must not have overdue Annual Reports, or outstanding IPG reports to be considered for a grant

What is Required After Award?

  • Funds must be used to support the proposed Division project
  • Funds must be expended within two years following receipt of IPG funding
  • A final report describing the use of funds and the effectiveness of the project is required within three months after conclusion of the project. 
  • Final reports must include a poster for presentation at the subsequent ACS national meeting Sci-Mix session, and posted on the ACS Technical Division Innovative Project Grant webpage.
  • PLEASE NOTE: A funded project is considered active until a final report is submitted

What Will Not Be Funded?

  • 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 non­ACS meetings.
  • Contemporaneous events with the meeting where the funding decision is made.
  • Divisions are eligible for not more than one Strategic Planning IPG in any 5 year period

Other Available ACS Innovation Funding

Past IPG Successes


POLY Webinars, POLY, Fall 2017
The division proposal sought bring value to the large fraction of our division members (estimated at 80%) that do not attend National ACS Meetings by hosting live webinars from high profile polymer chemists across the nation in collaboration with ACS Webinars. The webinar speakers (two per webinar) will give presentations on their research and put their research in the context of contemporary activities in the field.  By actually making contact with our division members throughout the year with scientific content (and not just a newsletter or occasional e-mail, as examples) we anticipate that this will go a long way to keep our division members more engaged and also be very beneficial to retention efforts.  POLY proposes to partner with the ACS Webinars department to produce the series.   Many division members never get to hear live seminars, workshops, or presentations from high-flying scientists in our field.  After the live Webinars we will post them on the new POLY YouTube channel for archival purposes.

Pilot Video in a Lab Chemical Risk Assessment Educational Series, CHAS, Fall 2017
Over the past 5 years, the ACS has issued well-received technical guidance documents for chemical safety in the academic laboratory. However, safety performance also involves cultural challenges which are not addressed in these resources. A key element that connects technical and cultural aspects of lab safety is the risk assessment process. We believe that a series of short videos that describe best practices for chemical risk assessment will be a valuable tool to address the cultural aspects of lab safety. The goal of these short, clear, and very focused videos is to support safety culture development in academic teaching and research laboratories. This proposal will fund the pilot video in a series to explore the opportunities and challenges of this approach to safety education. By demonstrating the value of this approach to safety videos, we expect to be able to attract further funding to proceed with this series in a more complete way.

Pathways for Industrial Chemists Symposium, INOR, Fall 2017
This symposium, planned for the Fall 2018 ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, will bring together younger members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) and industry scientists to discuss careers and research in industry. The primary focus will be to provide students (graduate and undergraduate) and postdoctoral associates with insight and information about (1) obtaining an industrial position and career advancement within industry, and (2) inorganic chemistry projects in industrial settings. A secondary goal of the project is to bring industrial inorganic chemistry more into the forefront of DIC activities.

Agrochemical Outreach: Education, Networking and Career Enhancement, AGRO, Spring 2017
The goal of the proposed project is to educate those in government, industry, and academia who would benefit from a understanding of the "big picture" of balancing pesticide benefits and risks. This educational outreach will target policy-makers (including Congressional staff), scientists and graduate students. The location of the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting (Washington DC) will facilitate the participation of presenters from federal agencies and the target audience (Congressional staffers, staff from non-governmental organizations, as well as ACS members and students).

PROF Division Support to the 2017 PRES Innovation Initiative, PROF, Spring 2017
This proposal is to specifically contribute to the pilot at NORM 2017 and PROF's involvement to expand our networking and reach our constituents and possible members close to home in the Northwest Region. NORM 2017 will pilot the Innovation Fair, where each start-up or proto-venture will have a sponsored half-table booth, located in the Innovation area of the Vendor Exposition, and advertised as part of NORM 2017.  Expand and support the Innovation Fair pilot to full scale at the Fall 2017 National Meeting and Exposition. Lessons-learned from NORM 2017 will then lead to PROF's support for the more expansive Innovation Fair at the National ACS meeting, where discounted booth space is to be targeted at $500 on Small Business Row.  Support to the extent possible, the additional 2 days of programming at NORM 2017 and the networking opportunities; support the national meeting programming to the extent possible, in addition to the Innovation Fair Expo.