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Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)

About Global Innovation Imperatives

Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii) is an ACS program that was originally started and implemented in collaboration with the U.K.-based Society of Chemical Industry.  Now administered solely by the ACS, the Gii program fosters creative solutions to imperatives of global significance (e.g., clean water, food and health, etc.).

Gii’s goal is to stimulate significant action among ACS members, who include:

  • Innovation leaders
  • Business executives
  • Academia/education leaders
  • Multinational businesses
  • Non-government organizations
  • Governments

Previous Gii forums have been three-day events based on an issue in the host community; topics have addressed water quality, education, healthcare, energy and agriculture.

Successful proposals have covered travel, accommodation, and incidental expenses for ACS-member subject matter experts to travel to the host location to contribute scientific content addressing the specified issue.  A portion of local forum meeting expenses can also be covered by these funds. Other expenses covered in past forums include contracting a science writer, translating white paper technical content, and/or convening working meals or networking events. The host location must provide accommodation and travel reimbursements for local participants.

Project proposals are strengthened by the following provisions:

  • At least 50% women scientists participation
  • Student/early career scientist involvement
  • Collaboration with and support of ACS Technical Divisions and/or International Chapters
  • Previously unfunded projects

All applications must highlight how the project contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Alternative and creative program structures in applications are welcome. 

By joining, Gii you will be able to:

  • Contribute to developing pragmatic solutions to the global issues, including water quality, healthcare, or agriculture practices, to name a few
  • Tap in to the valuable existing networks of ACS – both business and academia
  • Provide visibility for you, your ideas or your organization by being part of a global solution
  • Engage in collaborations with other companies and individuals
  • Access and share knowledge and technology
  • Optimize your resources - by combining what you can offer with others’ and avoiding the duplication of your efforts
  • Increase the perceived value/image of your company by linking your efforts to a socially responsible / non for profit cause
  • Have a greater impact on society by being part of the greater solution


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Gii’s mission is to create community and knowledge transfer to stimulate global scientific innovation that meets societal imperatives.

Participants of the 2nd Gii Water Forum in Colombia visit Monserrate in Bogotá
Participants of the 2nd Gii Water Forum in Colombia visit Monserrate in Bogotá

We hope you will want to help by:

  • Contributing on an individual basis – sharing your knowledge and expertise directly or through our website discussion or;
  • Engaging your company or organization – sharing knowledge, technology, or offering more tangible solutions and help or;
  • Introducing other influencers to Gii who would be willing to help or;
  • Providing sponsorship or other practical assistance.

Join the Gii group on the ACS Network.

Past Activities