Deadline: November 13, 2023
Applications are open for the Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge 2024. The Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge is one of the Elsevier Foundation’s flagship partnerships. Together with Elsevier’s Chemistry journals, the Elsevier Foundation provides funding of 25,000 euros for 2 winning projects per year, implementing green & sustainable chemistry solutions in the Global South – advancing both Climate Action (SDG 13) and Gender Equity (SDG 5).
Climate change is the most important challenge affecting the future of our planet and it is essential that we take action. Chemical sciences play a critical role in developing a sustainable future. UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action, underscores the need to promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.
Through its focus on Climate Action, the Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge also supports SDG5, Gender Equality, recognizing the pivotal role that women play in combating climate change. Projects submitted to the Challenge must integrate a gender dimension (such as addressing the role of women in adapting to climate shifts and participating in policy-making and leadership roles) into their projects.
- The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge awards two prizes of €25,000 each. The winners will be announced at the 8th Elsevier Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference (13-15 May 2024) in Dresden, Germany.
- Open to individuals and organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges.
Projects will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- The proposal clearly describes the urgency of the problem.
- The project utilizes innovative green and sustainable chemistry and chemical sciences approach.
- The project is replicable, scalable, sustainable (make sure to specify why), and sets a benchmark for innovation – new ideas or concepts in development will be given preference over more advanced projects.
- The proposal highlights the novelty of your approach and gives a short literature overview of what has been done before, both by you and others.
- The project is applicable in and suitable for developing countries. Describe the project’s social impact on local communities, including gender equality either in design or implementation.
- The project must have an impactful gender component, clearly describing the sex/gender dimensions of the research.
- Include an implementation plan of the project.
For more information, visit Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge.