ACS Global Research Experiences, Exchanges and Training Program (GREET) Program


GREET aims to provide intensive, high impact international research experience and collaboration opportunities to U.S. early- to mid-career researcher mentor and mentee teams. Research teams are asked to establish new international collaborations with a host academic, industrial, or institutional partner of their choosing and travel to their site for a research, training, outreach, or educational experience. Teams are asked to consider how to engage the community at their home institution upon their return and also consider how to continue their new collaboration with their host institution/laboratory.

Mentees are to spend 4-8 weeks engaged in the project at the foreign laboratory, with their mentor participating for a concurrent 2-3 week period. The GREET program is intended to foster scientific networking, increase scientific skills, increase global scientific and collaborative experience, and provide a wonderful mentoring experience.

Up to $11,000 will be awarded to at least 5 teams in 2013 to provide for: international travel expenses, a stipend for living expenses while abroad, pre-departure language training, medical and accident insurance, visa costs, and additional travel expenses to present the results at the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, TX from March 16-20, 2014.

The deadline to apply for the 2013 GREET Program is 23:59:59 EDT on March 6, 2013. Applications are now being accepted.

For more details, read the information below and check out the comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can apply?

Applicant teams to GREET must be comprised of:

  • One early- to mid-career researcher mentor and one mentee
  • The mentee and mentor must both be appointed or enrolled at a U.S. institution (academic, institution, national lab, industry) at the time of travel
  • Both team members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Both must also be current members of the American Chemical Society—consider joining ACS if you are not a current member

Proposed GREET collaborations must:

  • NEW research collaborations with no previous shared publications, patents, proceedings, or presentations
  • Involve chemistry or a related discipline with limitations on neither the specific topic nor destination though special preference is given to projects investigating global sustainability issues and partnerships with laboratories in developing nations (projects should be mutually beneficial)

Any questions on eligibility should be sent to as soon as possible so that a determination regarding your specific situation can be made.

What does the award cover?

Successful applications will receive:

  • International travel costs for the mentee and mentor up to $1,600 per team member
  • Award for living expenses while abroad (meals, housing, etc.) set between $50 and $100 per day depending on the U.S. Department of State’s foreign per diem rate for your chosen international location
  • Travel awards up to $750 per team member to present the results of the collaboration at the 247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas, TX
  • Pre-departure language training of up to $300 per team member for instruction in the official languages of your host country
  • International medical/accident insurance for up to $200 per team member
  • Lab materials and supply costs of $400 for each team member
  • Visa application costs, if needed, of up to $100 per team member

What is required of successful applicants?

Successful applicant teams must agree to:

  • Engage the community at their home institution upon their return by, for example, giving a workshop or symposium on their results and the benefit of international exchange or using the experience to inject an international perspective into a university’s curriculum (Creative engagement mechanisms are encouraged)
  • Continue their collaboration with the foreign host institution after the travel period and outline the next steps of their collaboration
  • Respond to follow-up inquiries from the ACS regarding the results of the collaboration and complete program entrance and exit surveys
  • Commence travel on or June, 2013 and terminate on or before November, 2013
  • Coincide mentor 2-3 week travel period with the 4-8 week mentee travel
  • Present the results of the GREET project at the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, TX (16 - 20 March, 2014)

What is the application procedure?

First, visit the online form and get acquainted with the materials that are needed. Next, begin preparing your application early to ensure that it is completed before the March 6, 2013 deadline.

Upon submission, applicants will receive instantaneous confirmation of transmittance. After the application window closes, the applications will be first checked for administrative details and then a team of academic and industrial scientists, chosen from among the ranks of ACS members, will review the applications for their: 1) scientific significance, impact and approach; and 2) the thought given to the mentoring, planned local events upon return, and project continuation potential. Because of the anticipated volume of received applications we unfortunately cannot provide any feedback to the applicants on the quality of the application. Applicants will be notified of their status by early May 2013.

Generous support for this program is provided by ACS.

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