Early Career Postdoctoral-Faculty Bridge Grant

Grant at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Early Career
Category Sustainability,  Research
DeadlineSeptember 15, 2023


This award provides a post-doctoral associate who plans to launch an independent research career in academia funds to support a post-doctoral associate/fellow for two years once their new research group is launched. 


Building a productive research group as a new faculty member in chemistry and engineering is highly challenging. To that end, the support available to the faculty member in the first two years is critical to developing the foundation for a robust research program that attracts grant funding, provides holistic training and mentorship to graduate students, and contributes to the culture of the department and the professional community. In recognition of this need, the ACS Early Career Postdoctoral-Faculty Bridge Grant provides support at this crucial junction in the form of salary for a postdoctoral associate, who can both help launch the new research lab and can gain invaluable experience in the process that can be applied to their own ability to launch an independent career in the future. To ensure meaningful mentorship for the postdoctoral associate, the award stipulates that the new PI will participate in ACS-based training in mentorship. This grant mechanism is synergistic with the ACS P2F workshop, which provides critical training to a select group of postdoctoral associates from around the country. 

The program will grant multiple awards in December 2023. The award supports the salary, benefits, and travel of a postdoctoral fellow for a two-year period. The sum is capped at $125,000. No overhead cost may be charged, which includes secretarial and/or administrative salaries. Funds may not be used to support laboratory technicians, contractors, consultants, or visiting faculty. Awardees will receive a letter of award stating that the funds will be disbursed in the first three months following the state date of the faculty appointment. 

How to Apply

The application portal will open in spring 2023.


5:00 PM ET, September 15, 2023


This award is targeted towards post-doctoral fellows or associates who are currently appointed in a US institution (university, National Laboratory, or company) and are applying to faculty positions in US. Ph.D.-granting colleges and universities. Awardees must agree to:

  • Participate in a teacher-training workshop in green chemistry
  • Commit to teaching either one Green Chemistry course (undergraduate or graduate level), or to incorporating green chemistry curricula into another course. 

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicants must currently hold a postdoctoral associate or fellow position at a US university.
  2. Applicants should have held a postdoctoral associate/fellow position at any university for less than 5 years.
  3. Applicants must be planning to pursue a faculty position.
  4. Applicants must anticipate launching an independent research career focusing on green and sustainable chemistry.

Funding Criteria

The award committee makes relative rankings of proposals and recommendations for funding on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance):

  • The relevance of the proposed research of the PI to green and sustainable chemistry.
  • Novelty, overall quality, significance, and scientific merit of the proposed research, including the extent to which it will increase basic knowledge and/or stimulate additional research.
  • Research track record of applicant and applications related to green and sustainable chemistry.
  • Evidence of dedication and passion for teaching, with emphasis on green and sustainable chemistry

Sustainable Futures Initiative Grant Program

The ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future aims to advance chemistry innovations to address the challenges articulated in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.   This multifaceted initiative will have a lasting impact on how we conduct research, how we teach chemistry, and how we collaborate globally.  The initiative begins with a campaign to fully engage the chemistry community in designing solutions to the grand challenges of sustainability, reimagining how we teach and practice chemistry with a sustainability focus, and raising public awareness about chemistry’s role in a sustainable future.  One of the key initiatives of the Campaign is a grant program, which aims to provide catalytic funding for early and mid-career faculty interested in developing a research and teaching portfolio that contributes directly to developing transformative chemistries that address Sustainable Development Goals.

Related Opportunities

  • Principal Investigator Development in Sustainability Grant This grant will provide early or mid-career investigators to spend 3 - 6 months in the laboratory in a private company or an academic laboratory in a different institution, with the goal of establishing robust collaborations across industry-academia or across academic disciplines and taking advantage of the mentorship of a faculty member distinct from their prior mentors.

  • ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Research Grant Addressing key synthetic chemistry and process research challenges whose solutions result in more efficient pharmaceutical process development and production.

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Marc A. Goshko Memorial Grant Supporting academic researchers in the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry.

  • Herman Frasch Foundation Grant Supporting research in agricultural chemistry at nonprofit incorporated institutions that will be of practical benefit to the agricultural development of the U.S.