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Travel & Project Grants and Awards

Corporation Associates Local Section & International Chapter Grants

The Committee on Corporation Associates provides funding for ACS Local Sections and International Chapters to promote industry-focused events at the local section and international chapter level. Events can range from job fairs with local chemical employers, résumé writing workshops, networking receptions, hosted panel discussions with industry leaders and other similar forums to benefit those local section and international chapter members employed in industry. 

Global Innovation Grant (GIG)

Sponsored by the ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC), the Global Innovation Grants assists ACS Technical Divisions, Local Sections, International Chapters and Committees with travel, projects and events.

Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 USD are available annually (pending budget approval) to catalyze new international collaborations and partnerships dedicated to solutions to global challenges.

2023 Application is closed.

For more information or to access the application, visit the GIG webpage.

Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)

Global Innovation Imperative

The mission of Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii) is to create community and knowledge transfer to stimulate global scientific innovation that meets societal imperatives. The program was originally started and implemented by ACS in collaboration with the U.K.-based Society of Chemical Industry.  Now administered solely by the ACS, the Gii program fosters creative solutions to imperatives of global significance (e.g., clean water, food and health, etc.).

Application Deadline extended to May 24th, 2023 at 11:59pm

For more information and to access the application, visit the official Gii webpage.

IAC Stopover Grants

The ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC) Stopover Grant application is closed. Stopover Grants allow early career and/or senior ACS members to make "stopover" visits during planned international travel. 

To qualify for a stopover, your planned travel must include a side trip to another city. This city can be in the same country or outside the country where you plan to travel. Example: If you already plan on traveling to Boston for a conference, your stopover to meet researchers in New York during that trip would qualify for a Stopover Grant.  

Planned stopover visits should focus on fostering science driven relationships with chemists and relevant practitioners abroad with a focus on exchange and collaboration.

Grants (up to $500 USD) are available through a peer-reviewed and competitive process to reimburse costs of local travel, accommodations, and incidentals for visits to work with existing and prospective scientific partners (and their students) for the purposes of conducting lectures, training, and building research collaborations.  

COVID-19 Note: Due to the current pandemic, no funding will be provided for travel in 2022.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact  

ACS Student Communities Professional Meeting Grant

Open to all ACS Student Chapters, ACS International Student Chapters, and ACS Graduate Student Organizations (ACS GSOs) members to attend and participate in professional conferences, like an ACS Meeting, by covering associated registration fees, lodging, and/or transportation costs for one or more students.

Your group can request up to $200 for a virtual conference, $500 for an in-country meeting (within the country your group is located), or $2000 for an out-of-country conference (requiring travel to another country) to support chapter members attendance. Amount of grant is subject to change. Preference will be given to applications that are received at least three months before the conference begins.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

For more information about this grant, please visit the Professional Meeting Grant webpage.  

PITTCON Travel Grant

Applications will be accepted from early career chemists from Visa Waiver-eligible countries to win a travel award to attend Pittcon 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA from 5-9 March, 2022. Applicants do not need to be currently residing in their country of origin to be eligible; citizens of target countries who are serving as visiting scholars or in other capacities within the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply. Please visit the program page for more information.

Application now closed.

Project SEED Global Pilot Program

The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist or chemical engineer. This project encourages these students to apply for a fellowship, supported by ACS, to conduct an internship at an academic, government or industry research lab organized by ACS local sections.

After a successful pilot program in 2018-2019, the ACS Committee on International Activities and the Committee on Project SEED is continuing the summer research program in 2020, called Project SEED Global, that will be open to ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters.

Please contact or for more information.