Green Chemistry Funding & Awards

One of the goals of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is to recognize and support outstanding contributions in green chemistry in an effort to increase implementation of green chemistry technologies. Explore all ACS awards and funding opportunities in green chemistry and sustainability below.

Additionally, while the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) does not have a specific category of green chemistry research, it has supported several green chemistry projects. The program welcomes applicants with high quality fundamental research in the petroleum or fossil fuels fields that may have a "green" focus.

Amount: $5,000 + expenses
Deadline: November 1, 2023

ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry

Recognizing outstanding, cost-efficient scientific discoveries that lay the foundation for environmentally-friendly products or manufacturing processes.

Amount: $40,000-$80,000
Deadline: May 15, 2023

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.

Amount: $1200
Deadline: September 30, 2023

ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability Into Chemical Education

Recognizing individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education.

Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: December 16, 2022

CMO Excellence in Green Chemistry Award

Recognizing outstanding efforts by Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) companies in pharmaceutical green chemistry.

Amount: $5,000 + travel
Deadline: September 22, 2023

Career Achievement in Green Chemistry Education

This award, co-sponsored by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute and Committee on Environmental Improvement will be given to a pedagogical innovator who has shown consistent creativity and innovation in the classroom, laboratory, and broader chemistry enterprise. Only instructors with a significant, impactful body of work will be considered for this award which is meant to acknowledge career-long contributions to the application of green chemistry in all aspects of education. The award will consist of a plaque, a $5,000 honorarium, and travel support for the awardee (up to $2,500) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to receive the award and speak at an invited symposium programmed in their honor.

Amount: -
Deadline: February 15, 2022

ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Sustainability Activities

Recognizing a local section that has introduced a new and outstanding program promoting sustainability at the local level.

Amount: Up to $2,000 per student (Undergraduate & Graduate students; U.S. recipients only)
Deadline: November 17, 2023

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry

Sponsoring U.S. students to attend and participate in an ACS meeting, conference, or training program with a significant green chemistry or sustainability component.

Amount: $125,000
Deadline: September 15, 2023

Early Career Postdoctoral-Faculty Bridge Grant

The ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future aims to advance chemistry innovations to address the challenges articulated in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: May 24, 2023

Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)

Providing funding for a multi-day forum/conference that contributes to the resolution of global sustainability issues.

Amount: Variable
Deadline: December 8, 2023

Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Promoting the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry.

Deadline: May 31, 2023

Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award

Providing national recognition for ACS student chapters who have shown outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into their annual activities.

Amount: $5,000
Deadline: December 31, 2022

Heh-Won Chang, PhD Fellowship in Green Chemistry

Providing financial support to full-time graduate students conducting research in green chemistry.

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 9, 2022

Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship

Supporting the participation of a young international green chemistry scholar in a green chemistry technical meeting, conference, or training program.

Amount: $1,000 + Travel expenses up to $1,000 (Undergraduate & Graduates student are eligible; open to U.S. and International applicants)
Deadline: November 17, 2023

Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award

Providing national recognition and honor for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies.

Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: February 18, 2023

Local Section Sustainability Programming Grant

Promoting opportunities to increase awareness of the essential role of chemistry in responding to sustainability challenges.

Amount: $2,000 (U.S. & International Postdoctoral scholars are eligible)
Deadline: November 17, 2023

Nina McClelland Memorial Award

The Nina McClelland Memorial Award provides $2,000 to postdoctoral scholars to travel and present at the ACS GCI's Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.

Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: December 16, 2022

Peter J. Dunn Award for Green Chemistry & Engineering Impact in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Presented by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable, this award recognizes excellence in the research, development, and execution of green chemistry that demonstrates environmental, safety, and efficiency improvements.

Amount: $50,000
Deadline: November 15, 2023

Principal Investigator Development in Sustainability Grant

This award will provide early or mid-career investigators (Associate+) to spend 6-12 months in the laboratory in a private company, a national laboratory, or an academic laboratory in a different institution, with the goal of establishing robust collaborations across industry-academia or across disciplines and taking advantage of the mentorship of a faculty member distinct from their prior mentors.

Amount: $1,000 + travel
Deadline: September 22, 2023

Rising Stars in Green Chemistry Education Award

There are two annual awards: one designated for a scholar teaching in the U.S. and the other for an international scholar teaching at an institution outside the U.S. Each award will consist of a certificate, $1,000 honorarium, and travel support for the awardee and one student (up to $2,000 each) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to receive the award and present their work.

Amount: $15,000 + travel
Deadline: September 1, 2023

Teaching Green Fellowship

This award will be given to a pedagogical innovator who has reimagined one or more parts of the chemistry curriculum to better prepare students for future careers in which they can work toward addressing grand global challenges such as those addressed by the U.N. SDGs. The award will consist of a certificate, $10,000 dedicated to faculty summer salary, $5,000 for summer stipend(s) for student(s) working in conjunction with faculty on greener curriculum materials, and travel support for the awardee and one student (up to $1,000 each) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to receive the award and present their work.