Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)
Grant Application is Open
The ACS Office of External Affairs & Communications is seeking applicants for its 2019 Gii program. Gii is an ACS-sponsored, peer-reviewed and competitive grant program that awards up to $20,000 USD annually to projects focusing on scientific contributions that develop pragmatic solutions to global issues.
Recent Gii programs have addressed water-purification projects in Malaysia, Colombia and Nigeria and green chemistry education in rural areas in Brazil, including experiments using local and low-cost materials. All Gii programs culminate in a white paper with recommendations for next steps for the following year.
Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm EDT
To access the 2019 Gii application, please click here.
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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
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
Gii’s mission is to create community and knowledge transfer to stimulate global scientific innovation that meets societal imperatives.
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.
- Gii November 2016: Green Chemistry Experiments for Remote Locations
- Watch the Green Chemistry in Brazil Webinar!
- Gii November 2015: Proposed Capacity Development for Water Quality Assessment and Management in Nigeria
- WITS Water Forum, December 3-5, 2014, Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE), Singapore - White Paper
- White Paper from the 2nd International Workshop on Sustainability and Water Quality: January 15-18 2014, Hotel Maidens, Delhi, India
- Session at 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, September 8-10, 2013.
- Symposium on Nexus of Food, Energy and Water at the 245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, April 7, 2013
- More Crop Per Drop – Raising Water Efficiency, November 29, 2012, London, UK
- 2nd Gii Water Forum, Colombia, October 19-23, 2012
- Gii held sessions at the 244th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, August 19-23, 2012
- Symposium on Sustainability and Water Reclamation at the 243rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition, March 25-29, 2012