Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge 2022

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Open for all
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 41048
  • Funding Type Fully Funded

Opportunity Description

The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge accepts applications. The Elsevier Foundation is considering a shift in focus to the Challenge to Climate Action after five successful editions of the Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, which received many proposals from around the world on innovative chemical science study benefits the environment and low-resource communities (SDG13). Climate change is the most important threat to our planet’s future, and it is critical that we act now. Chemical sciences are vital to the development of a long-term lot. Goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Action, emphasizes the importance of promoting systems for building capacity in the least developed countries for effective climate change-related planning and management, emphasizing women, youth, and local and marginalized populations.

Organized by: Elsevier Foundation
Application Deadline: July 14, 2022
Awarding Ceremony: October 2022

With a focus on climate action, the competition also supports SDG5, Gender Equality, which recognizes the critical role played by women in addressing climate change. Pro the Challenge proposals must include a gender component (for example, addressing women’s role in adapting to climate change and participating in policy-making and leadership roles).

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  • Each of the winning proposals will get a €25,000 reward. 
  • In October 2022, the winners will be unveiled at a special ceremony.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individuals & organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to address some of the developing world’s most pressing sustainability issues are eligible to apply.

Challenge Phases:

The phases of the Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge are as follows.

  • Submission phase: this is the time when you can submit your work. From March 14 through July 14, proposals can be submitted.
  • Reviewing phase: A panel of reviewers will choose the Top tier qualifying proposals from all submitted proposals and progress them to the judging phase.
  • The phase of judging: the scientific jury will assess the proposals and select the finalists.
  • The top five finalists will compete for the two prizes and be invited to present their idea at a special event in October 2022.

Application Requirements:

  • Contact details
  • Project title
  • Applicant description
  • Project background (max. 300 words)
  • Project plan (max. 400 words)
  • Green and sustainable chemistry aspect: 
  • Social impact on local communities: Clarify your project’s local applicability and significance in a low-resource country. Include how this can be executed efficiently in an underdeveloped country.
  • Gender Dimension: Describe the project’s gender component, whether in terms of design or implementation. Explain how you incorporated sex/gender dimensions into the project-related research.
  • Sustainability: Provide information regarding the long-term technological, economic, social, and environmental sustainability impact of the project, including highlighting how it is replicable and scalable.
  • Project novelty: Emphasize the uniqueness of your approach and provide a brief review of what has been done previously, both by the applicant and others.
  • Detailed Budget plan
  • Applicant’s actual or potential competing interests

How to apply for Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge?

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Evaluation Criteria:

The following points will be used to evaluate projects:

  • The proposal clearly describes the problem’s urgency.
  • The initiative employs a cutting-edge approach to green and sustainable chemistry and chemical sciences.
  • The project is reproducible, scalable, and sustainable (explain why), and it establishes a standard for innovation – new ideas or concepts in the works will be given priority over more mature projects.
  • The proposal emphasizes the uniqueness of your approach and provides a brief summary of previous work, both by you and others.
  • The project can be implemented in developing countries and is appropriate for them. Describe the project’s social impact on the surrounding community, considering gender equality in design and implementation.
  • The project must include a vital gender component that clearly describes the research’s sex/gender characteristics.
  • Include a project implementation strategy.

Please refer to Elsevier Foundation’s website for more details about Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge.

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