Global Innovation Grant

The ACS International Activities Committee sponsored Global Innovation Grant assists ACS members, Technical Divisions, Local Sections, International Chapters and Student Chapters with travel, projects and events. Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available annually (pending budget approval) in support of IAC strategic interests and priorities and to catalyze new international collaborations and partnerships dedicated to solutions to global challenges.

Collaboration between entities listed above is especially encouraged. Co-sponsored submissions from Divisions, Local Sections, and Committees with International Chapters will be given special consideration.

All activities associated with awards will need to be completed by December 31st of the award year.

2021 Application is Closed

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Global Innovation Grant.  

If you have any questions about the grant or the application, please email

Program Overview

In 2012, ACS’s Committee on International Activities (IAC) approved a plan to award competitive Global Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 USD to ACS members, Local Sections, Technical Divisions, International Chemical Sciences Chapters, and Student Chapters in order to further Article II, Section 3 of the ACS Constitution which states:

"...the SOCIETY shall cooperate with scientists internationally and shall be concerned with the worldwide application of chemistry to the needs of humanity."

Furthermore, the Grants would also serve IAC's goals, which are to:

  1. Foster collaborations
  2. Extend international chemistry education and training
  3. Engage developing countries
  4. Assure support of ACS science and human rights
  5. Support development and quality of the ACS International Center™
  6. Sustain momentum of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) beyond 2011 

The ACS International Activities (IA) administers the yearly grants towards activities which catalyze new international collaboration and partnerships, especially those dedicated to solutions to global challenges.