Travel & Project Grants and Awards

Currently Open

  • IAC Stopover Grants
  • IRES Program
  • Project SEED Global Pilot Program

Grant Application Status

  • IAC Stopover Grants: Applications now accepted on a rolling basis
  • IRES Program: Applications are now being accepted
  • National Meeting Travel Grant for International Student Chapters: Applications are under review
  • PITTCON Travel Award: Applications are under review
  • Project SEED Global Pilot Program: Applications are now being accepted from International Chapters only

Interested in Study Abroad?

The ACS International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program is a bilateral exchange that allows talented young chemical and materials scientists to spend a summer conducting research in another country.

For the summer of 2020, up to 10 students from the United States will be selected to conduct research in Germany and Singapore through the program

For more information, please visit the ACS International Center.

Corporation Associates Local Section & International Chapter Grants

The Committee on Corporation Associates provides funding for ACS Local Sections and International Chapters to promote industry-focused events at the local section and international chapter level. Events can range from job fairs with local chemical employers, résumé writing workshops, networking receptions, hosted panel discussions with industry leaders and other similar forums to benefit those local section and international chapter members employed in industry. For more information, visit the grant website.


Division Innovative Project Grant

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).

For more information, visit the Division Innovative Project Grant webpage.


Global Innovation Grant (GIG)

Sponsored by the ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC), the Global Innovation Grants assists ACS Technical Divisions, Local Sections, International Chapters and Committees with travel, projects and events.

Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 USD are available annually (pending budget approval) to catalyze new international collaborations and partnerships dedicated to solutions to global challenges.

Applications for the Global Innovation Grant are closed for 2019.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the GIG webpage.


Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)

Global Innovation Imperative

The mission of Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii) is to create community and knowledge transfer to stimulate global scientific innovation that meets societal imperatives. The program was originally started and implemented by ACS 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.). For more information, visit the official Gii webpage.

Please check back for more information on the 2020 Gii program.


IAC Stopover Grants

The ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC) Stopover Grant application is currently open. Stopover Grants allow early career and/or senior ACS members to make "stopover" visits during planned international travel during 2019. 

To qualify for a stopover, your planned travel must include a side trip to another city. This city can be in the same country or outside the country where you plan to travel. Example: If you already plan on traveling to Boston for a conference, your stopover to meet researchers in New York during that trip would qualify for a Stopover Grant.  

Planned stopover visits should focus on fostering science driven relationships with chemists and relevant practitioners abroad with a focus on exchange and collaboration.

Grants (up to $500 USD) are available through a peer-reviewed and competitive process to reimburse costs of local travel, accommodations, and incidentals for visits to work with existing and prospective scientific partners (and their students) for the purposes of conducting lectures, training, and building research collaborations.  

Application deadlines are May 1 and September 1. Fill out this form to apply. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Intlacts@acs.org.  


National Meeting Travel Grant for International Student Chapters

ACS international student chapters are eligible to apply for a $2,500 USD grant to support travel expenses associated with attending ACS National Meetings. Funds may be used to assist with meeting registration, lodging, and/or transportation costs.

Applications for the Spring 2020 National Meeting are now closed.

For more information about this grant, please visit the International Student Chapter Grant page.  


PITTCON Travel Grant

Applications will be accepted from early career chemists from Central and Southern Africa to win a travel award to attend Pittcon 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 1 - 5 March, 2020. Applicants do not need to be currently residing in their country of origin to be eligible; citizens of target countries who are serving as visiting scholars or in other capacities within the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for the PITTCON 2020 Travel Award are now under review. Please visit the program page for more information.

Please direct any questions to intlacts@acs.org.


Project SEED Global Pilot Program

The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist or chemical engineer. This project encourages these students to apply for a fellowship, supported by ACS, to conduct an internship at an academic, government or industry research lab organized by ACS local sections.

After a successful pilot program in 2018-2019, the ACS Committee on International Activities and the Committee on Project SEED is continuing the summer research program in 2020, called Project SEED Global, that will be open to ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters.

Please contact intlacts@acs.org or intlchapters@acs.org for more information.