Dow Distinguished Awards Application

Apply Now2019 Application Process - New Letter of Intent Component

Project teams seeking support through the Dow Distinguished Awards competition are encouraged to submit a project proposal for a $5,000 Seed (small) Grant. This competition is open to U-M Ann Arbor students at all academic levels. 

  • Program staff will conduct a review of project proposals, see Distinguished Awards Guidelines to ensure they meet the minimum criteria, with the expectation that all valid proposals will receive an immediate award of $5,000 for teams to begin implementing their proposals.
  • Funds will be transferred to the home unit (school/college, department) of the faculty advisor defined in the proposal, and will be administered through the home unit. Receipt of funding will be subject to terms and conditions outlined in the award notification.
  • All project teams who receive a Seed Grant must submit a written progress report to the Program summarizing their accomplishments by mid-September, see Distinguished Awards Guidelines, and Key Dates.

Letter of Intent Due: March 14

Please upload a PDF file (maximum 1-page) with the following information:

  • Project Title (maximum of 50 words)
  • Team Member Names (max. of 6, min. of 3, include first and last name, email, and school/college). Note: Team members must represent three different disciplines.
  • Project Advisor name, email, and phone (must be current U-M Faculty)
  • Draft Scope of Work.

Articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., policy, program, service, product, etc.) and have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact. Address how project success will be measured, such as metrics related to the project scope and objectives, and over what time frame. We encourage proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to energy, water, communities, food, built environment, and transportation external to the University of Michigan.

Special Call Focus Areas:

  • We are particularly interested in innovative efforts focusing on plastics recycling at the national and global levels.
  • Focusing on communities where sustainability solutions or interventions have been previously applied to assess the impact of the projects and provide recommendations based on community feedback.

Project Proposals Due: April 11 (Letter of Intent Required)

All project proposals should:

  • Be submitted online
  • List team members and their U-M school/college affiliations, including the faculty advisor, and identify the student team leader. Teams must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Distinguished Awards Guidelines.
  • Articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., policy, program, service, product, etc.) and have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact.
  • Fully describe the project scope, milestones and include a project timeline.
  • Address how project success will be measured, such as metrics related to the project scope and objectives, and over what time frame.
  • Budget, following the template provided.

Also see:

Dow Fellows Program Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Supporting sustainability scholars, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is aligned with the U-M commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Program efforts focus on ensuring that each student thrives. Scholars learn that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning and leadership at U-M and worldwide.