Distinguished Awards Request for Proposals

To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan (U-M), the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program includes a university-wide competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines, and involve U-M students at all academic levels. The Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition (Dow Awards competition) seeks project 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, the Dow Awards competition focuses on projects external to the University.

The 2017 Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability RFP was released on January 30, 2017. Proposals for $5000 seed grants will be accepted through May 26, 2017, or until 15 qualifying proposals are received, whichever comes first. Project proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted. As soon as 15 proposals are granted seed grants, the application will close and this webpage will be updated.

2017 RFP (PDF)

Link to application page: http://graham.umich.edu/application-request/40519


For inquiries/questions, please contact nberg@umich.edu.