To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan, the Dow Sustainability Fellows program includes a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels, and involve U-M students at all academic levels.
The Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition seeks student-led project proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort to foster sustainability at the local, national or global level.
In January of each year, the program issues a Call for Proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort to foster sustainability at the local, national, or global level. Proposals should be student-led, faculty advised, and action oriented, outlining a new product, service, or project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for present and future generations. The Dow Awards competition encourages proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to: energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, etc. Project proposals in partnership with external entities are also welcome.
Since other programs provide competitive funding to support student-led projects focused on the sustainability of the U-M campus (e.g. Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund), the Dow Awards competition focuses on projects external to the University and does not support campus-focused projects.