Funded Division Innovative Project Grants

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.

Past IPG Successes

Fall 2016

ANYL

Enhancing Student Engagement in Analytical Division Programming
The ACS GSSPC provides a forum for graduate students to be involved in program planning. Only one university is selected at a time for GSSPC and the benefit for continued involvement of these students is limited. 

BIOT

ESTABLISHING AN ESBES-ACS BIOT INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION
This project allowed students from the US and EU to work together on teams towards a solution for a biotechnical problem in the emerging area of biosimilars. A facebook page was created that allowed the students to form teams despite being located in countries and continents.

CHAS

(Seed) Sponsorship of "2018 - Safety By Design" Workshop/Symposium on Laboratory Safety
This workshop will be founded on the concept that work by a broad spectrum of subject matter experts, research leaders, granting agency representatives, and hands-on researchers/PIs and group leaders. These will allow a more creative soup from which to draw a multitude of tools and programs that "fit" the needs of an audience that traditionally rebuffs canned solutions to safety training and education.

CINF

Division of Chemical Information Web Platform Development
Division of Chemical Information Web Platform Development Provide a recurring webinar series as a benefit to CHAL members to complement the programming CHAL provides at the national meetings, and offer additional opportunities for member involvement.

ENFL

Innovation & Commercial Products: The Future of Clean Fuels and Innovating Women
This would be the first time ENFL goes beyond simply presenting research to discussing how to scale up and commercialize a particular technology and take it to the next level by engaging innovators with potential investors. 

HIST

Women and the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine
Combining scientific topics and the arts offers very powerful potential benefits. Gender and diversity issues distill down to the stories of individuals; theater is a compelling vehicle for relating their experiences and their lasting contributions in the context of their environment. A previous successful example of the linkage of theatre and chemistry was the world premiere of Oxygen during the 2001 ACS national meeting in San Diego. Oxygen used the concept of a posthumous Nobel Prize; that was the basis for our successful symposium last March.

INOR

Celebrating 60 Years of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry
In the past 60 years, the DIC has started new innovative programs to support scientific efforts and promote its members. These initiatives including the Young Investigator Program (2014 Chemluminary award) and Student Travel Program (2015 ChemLuminary Award finalist) are now part of our divisions as well as other divisions regular programming. 

PMSE

Young scientist recruiting: PMSE Young Investigator Symposium
This symposium is a first such events at ACS National meeting from the PMSE Division to reach out to and recruit from young scientists and engineers.

POLY

POLY Division Membership Recruitment through Engagement of Local Sections
Membership recruiting in the POLY division has primarily relied on recruiting at the national meetings, workshops run by the POLY division, and conferences sponsored in part by the POLY division. A focused effort to recruit from members primarily active in local sections has not been recently undertaken by the POLY division. Efforts to accomplish recruiting at local sections will be innovative. 

RUBB

Establishing Educational Training and Student Chapters in Multiple Countries
The Rubber Division conducts its own onsite and online rubber and polymer educational training programs. We have international members who attend our annual International Elastomer Conferences (held in the U.S.) and take the onsite courses. 

TOXI

Webinar in chemical toxicology and drug safety.
The first innovative aspect of the project is that it will cover new safety concerns and methodologies for the development of new classes of drugs (e.e.g biologicals, nanoparticles, etc.). The second new aspect is that will use a new webinar format to deliver this information to the ACS community and beyond, springboarding from a series of papers recently published in a special issue of CRT. 

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Spring 2016

AGRO

AGRO Strategic Planning Project 2016
Members of the AGRO Executive Committee and Division, representing government, industry, and academia met to develop a Strategic Plan.

ANYL/CHED

Collaborative Outreach of the CHED and ANYL Divisions to the Cuban Chemical Society
Assist Cuba with educational and scientific endeavors through ACS partnership, and create a blueprint for future interactions with other international organizations.

CARB

International Carbohydrate Symposium-2016
First major collaboration between ICS and CARB in almost twenty years will showcase US glycoscience to the world, foster collaborations with international scientists, raise the visibility of ACS, and recruit international members to ACS.

CHAL

Webinar Seminar
Provide a recurring webinar series as a benefit to CHAL members to complement the programming CHAL provides at the national meetings, and offer additional opportunities for member involvement.

CHAS

Chemical Safety Information and Education Survey of the Academic Laboratory Population
Develop and implement survey instruments which ascertain the current laboratory safety information needs and risk assessment practices of the academic chemistry community, as well as other ACS stakeholders, can better support those needs and practices.

ENVR

Connecting New Chemists with Transformational Leaders through Videography
Connect young chemists with many of the scientists and engineers who shaped the division for the last 40 years, educate interviewers, and provide electronic content for use in regional and local section meetings.

INOR

DIC Young Investigator Awardees-"Where are they now?" Symposium
Bring together past DIC Young Investigator Awardees (YIAs) to showcase their successful careers.

NUCL

Support of Educational / Outreach Programming at SERMACS 2016
Evaluate the potential to serve the NUCL membership through support of educational / outreach programming at an ACS regional meeting.

ORGN

Video Creation
Work with a professional graphic designer, video creator and brand strategist to produce a high quality video conveying the benefits of membership to a broad and sophisticated community

SCHB

Business Track at 2016 Regional Meetings: CERM, MARM, and NORM
Increase participation of SCHB members in ACS 2016 regional meetings, and expand the base of SCHB regional meeting symposium organizers

TOXI

Communication with Members via Mobile Responsive Website
Redesign division website making it easier to view on mobile devices, and increase communication with members via Twitter

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Fall 2015  

AGFD

Caribbean Cuisine Chemistry and Flavors
First AGFD Program at an ACS National Meeting focused on the Caribbean Region and initial involvement of the new University of West Indies International Student Chapter in Jamaica.

BIOT

Improved Web-User Interface Providing Webinar Training and Networking Opportunities to BIOT Members
Provide broad access to BIOT training, networking, and job announcement opportunities to our wide international membership.

CELL

Neighborhood Ecology Course (NEC)
Create the next generation of citizen scientists, community leaders, and environmental stewards who are interested in caring for the environment.

New Horizons in Sustainable Materials
Focus on the “young lions” in the fields of polysaccharide chemistry and renewable materials, including both graduate students and early career scientists.

CHED

Resolving the Big Picture: Bringing Molecules into Focus
Symposium organized entirely by graduate students, thereby presenting them with a unique professional development and networking opportunity.

CINF/CHED

Intercollegiate Cheminformatics Education Symposium
A project-based learning environment involving undergraduate chemistry students from multiple schools, residential faculty facilitators, and online guest lectures to provide the subject expertise.

COMP

Undergraduate Research and COMP
First COMP undergraduate symposium aimed at providing undergraduates with an opportunity to present short oral presentations of their work.

HIST

The History of Chemistry in High School Teaching Workshop
An interactive workshop with a project team comprised of a full range of chemical historians, high school teachers, and chemistry education experts.

I&EC

Realities of the Chemical Enterprise: Career Opportunities and Paths at the BS/BA Degree Level
Enable undergraduate students to think 'out of the box' in planning their educational and career paths by presenting options they may not have considered.

Symposia for Regional Meetings - Realities of the Chemical Enterprise: Career Opportunities and Paths
Assist recent undergrad alums to find fulfilling and lucrative employment in the chemistry fields.

INOR

Establishing UK-USA-Canada Connections
Create groups within inorganic chemistry across three societies (Royal Society of Chemistry, Canadian Chemical Society and the American Chemical Society) that will collectively address problems in chemistry.

NUCL

Support of NUCL Programming at NORM 2015 and Pacifichem 2015
Increase NUCL's presence in meetings such as Pacifichem that attract a considerable foreign participation.

POLY

Industrial Outreach and Collaboration
An initiative to provide value to industrial members by offering a venue for relevant programming to enhance networking and collaborations.

SCHB

SCHB Programming Support for Pacifichem 2015
Provide additional opportunities for Pacifichem speakers to meet other attendees and discuss their expertise and technology to address knotty problems in the chemical and related sectors.

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Spring 2015  

AGFD

ACS International Student Chapters Symposium
Develop the first ACS/AGFD International Student Symposium, to be organized in 2016 by an online network of newly chartered Student Chapters.

AGRO

Outreach Opportunities for Junior Chemists in the AGRO Division: Bridging the Gap between Students and Senior Scientists
Opportunity for postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and new faculty to network and share research.

CHAS

Division Strategic Planning

CHED

Academic Innovations for Tomorrow’s Industries
A symposium planned by students for students, with an impressive lineup of speakers, where attendees can discuss the future of scientific technologies with some of today’s greatest innovators.

COLL

Strategic Planning

HIST

Preservation of Film and Videos of Chemists and Chemistry
Concerted, multi-institutional effort to preserve film and video materials of chemists and chemistry for archival purposes, and digitized for access by scholars, teachers; even the general public.

ORGN

Recruitment Video Competition
Students make videos to effectively recruit new members through their creativity and use of humor

Placing Videos of Chemists and Chemistry on ORGN’s Website
Find, preserve and use video materials of historical importance online

PROF

Women in Innovation: Business and Commerce
An interactive symposium from member groups of the ACS Chemical Innovation & Entrepreneurship Council (CIEC) to feature women who have successfully commercialized chemistry to speak and interact directly with attendees at the ACS National meeting.

SCHB

Strategic Vision 2015 and Beyond

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Fall 2014

AGFD

Recruitment, Enhancement, and Retention of International Young Chemists
International Young Chemist Membership promotion program utilizing social media tools.

Creation of a 5-Year AGFD Strategic Plan
An urgent need to increase the number of “active” AGFD members through improving membership value.  

ANYL

Analytical Chemistry Strategic Planning Event and Student Engagement
Generate a set of 3-5 year goals and executable strategies that align with the strategic goals of the ACS and support the growth, vitality, and impact of the Analytical Chemistry Division.

CARB

Frontiers in Glycoscience
Innovative symposium designed to engage young scientists; alternating speakers between veteran leaders in the field, and promising young scientists.

ENVR

Environmental Chemistry Strategic Planning
A second strategic planning process to involve preliminary electronic input from Division membership

INOR

DIC Membership Drive: Recruit, Award and Engage Members
Organize a drive targeting young and underrepresented minority members to develop and run activities at national, regional, and local levels.

PHYS

Paired Graduate/Undergraduate Mentored ACS Meeting Experiences
Establish mentorships between undergraduates with graduate students to enable undergraduates to maximize their national meeting experiences.

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For information on funded IPGs prior to Spring 2014, email DAC.