Technical Division Innovative Project Grant
Grant at a Glance
Vision & Purpose
The ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) funds new Division projects through Technical Division Innovative Project Grants (IPGs). This program encourages the creation of innovative projects that will serve Division members, encourage strategic planning for future division success, and foster collaborative projects among divisions and other governance groups.
Spring Cycle Deadline: February 15
Fall Cycle Deadline: July 15
The following are examples of projects eligible for IPGs:
- New and unique opportunities to the applying Division
- Projects designed to recruit new and retain existing Division members
- Collaborative projects between Divisions and/or Local Sections (see Local Section IPG)
- Strategic Planning Projects (one every five years)
Innovative Project Grants
Standard IPG applications are accepted biannually. Proposals submitted between July and February will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting and proposals submitted between February and July will be considered during the Fall review cycle.
Strategic Planning Innovative Project Grants
Strategic Planning IPG applications are also accepted biannually, but no more than one (1) strategic planning project may be awarded to a Division within a 5-year period.
New! - Innovative Project Adoption Grant
Innovative Project Adoption Grants will be announced for the Fall 2023 Cycle. Receive funding to adopt a successful innovation proposal from another division.
- Divisions may have more than two active projects
- Divisions must be current on their Annual Report and IPG report submissions.
- No more than one (1) strategic planning project may be awarded within a five year period.
- Maximum funding for Innovative Project Grants is $16,500 for the calendar year.
- Maximum funding for Strategic Planning projects is $7,500.
Applications will be graded using the following rubrics. A review of these before you begin the application process may prove useful. Please read and address the categories accordingly. Additional requirements are listed below:
- Clear statement of project’s goal and innovative aspects.
- Brief project background.
- Detailed budget clearly justifying the funding amount requested and sources of supplemental funding, if applicable.
- Support letter signed by current division chair or another executive committee member, if the chair is the applicant. The support letter must also include a brief status report for any outstanding IPGs.
- Signed letters of support from co-sponsoring Divisions or other governance groups.
New in 2023 - Joint Division Applications
Joint IPGs are intended to encourage two or three divisions to collaborate. Starting this year, only one division needs to submit an application on behalf of the joint IPG. The application must clearly state the divisional (2 or 3 divisions) roles and budgetary requirements for the project.Signed letters of support are required from all participating divisions (or additional governance groups).
The two-division proposal limit is now $16000 (increased from $12500). The three-division proposal limit is $25000 (increased from $12500). The award will be split equally between divisions unless explicitly requested.
What is required after an award?
- Funds must be used to support the proposed project and expended within two years.
- A final report describing the use of funds and the effectiveness of the project must be submitted within three months after conclusion of the project.
- Final Reports can include a poster for posting on the IPG website.
What will not be funded?
- Honoraria, cash awards, or endowments
- Events or projects occurring prior to the funding decision being made
- Continuing a well-established program or project
- Travel and registration requests to non-ACS meetings
- Strategic Planning IPGs if the past award is within five years
Spring & Fall Cycles
- Proposals submitted between July and February will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting, and may be awarded, denied, or deferred to the fall cycle to maximize resources.
- Proposals submitted between February and July will be considered during the Fall review cycle, and will be either funded or denied.
- Proposals awarded during the spring cycle will be transferred to Division treasuries no later than May 1.
- Proposals awarded during the fall cycle will be transferred to Division treasuries no later than December 31.