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Other Events & Funding Opportinities

Advancing Entrepreneurship and Start-up Initiatives for Sustainable Chemistry: Learning from Case Studies (UN Environment, ISC3)

Call for Start-up Case Studies for Berlin Workshop to Advance Sustainable Chemistry

Are you engaged in a start-up initiative in the area of green and sustainable chemistry and would you like to share your case study at an international workshop in September 2017 in Berlin, Germany?

On 14 September 2017, the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborating Center and UN Environment are jointly hosting a workshop to advance entrepreneurship and start-up initiatives for sustainable chemistry. Case studies will be shared and discussed in order to identify lessons learned and generate policy relevant knowledge.

Organized back to back with the 150th Anniversary of the German Chemical Society, the workshop will bring together a small number of entrepreneurs from developed and developing countries, international organizations and other experts. Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the workshop and presenting their start-up initiatives as well as lessons learned should send a brief statement of interest to UN Environment by 31 July 2017 (chemicals [at] unep.org (subject: Statement%20of%20Interest%20(Sustainable%20Chemistry%3A%20Case%20Studies%20Workshop)) ). Selected candidates would present the case study at the workshop and should be ready to submit the case study in writing for the workshop.

Funding is available to support selected participants, with a focus on developing countries and countries with economies in transition. For more information, please read the concept note here.

For questions and other information contact organizers via chemicals [at] unep.org.

Dates: Deadline to submit expression of interest: 31 July 2017 (extended) 


Symposium ES10—Materials Efficiency to Enable a Circular Materials Economy 

(MRS, Materials Research Society)

This symposium will provide a platform for materials scientists and related interdisciplinary experts from industry, academia and government to present research that will drive our economy and meet the needs of humanity for a sustainable future. A complementary suite of sustainability-focused technical and professional development activities is tentatively planned.

Dates: May 15th - June 15th, 2017 (Abstract submission) / November 26th - December 1st, 2017 | Boston, Massachusetts (Symposium)

AUDACE : UNE NOUVELLE OFFRE DE FINANCEMENT INTERSECTORIELLE, INNOVANTE ET À RISQUE 

[Fonds de recherche du Quebec] (100,000$ CAD per project)

Québec's Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the launch of an intersectoral program without targeted themes to support bold or even risky projects with high potential for spinoffs. While high-risk / high-return (HR / HR) financing offers are developing rapidly in Europe and elsewhere, it seems important that the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) Atypical and innovative projects, or intersectoral initiatives that run the risk of breaking with established frameworks and thought patterns, exploratory projects that have the potential to radically transform research and creation.

  • The rules of the AUDACE program are available on the FRQ websites.
  • From the date of availability of the application form, teams will have eight weeks to submit their project.
  • Holders of records approved by the Evaluation Committee will be interviewed during the month of February 2018.
  • Results are expected to be announced in March 2018 and funding to begin in April 2018.

Dates: Application forms available from 3rd Week of September 2017


Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative [SUGI] (total funding 600,000$ USD)

Call Topics:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Tradeoffs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge ($15,000 and $10,000 USD)

Proposals for ‘innovative ideas and solutions using additive manufacturing technology to advance healthcare, education, clean water, food, energy, transportation, and heavy manufacturing while protecting our natural environment and human well-being.’

Dates:  Abstract deadline - March 1st, 2017, Paper deadline - April 15th, 2017


Global Challenges Foundation (prizes up to $5 M USD in total)

Develop ‘new models of global cooperation to handle the most serious threats to humanity including climate change, weapons of mass destruction and extreme poverty.’ 

Dates: Competition is open April 1st, 2017 - May 24th, 2017