The Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Organisation: The Elsevier Foundation

Apply By:  15/09/2018

We believe that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. Chemists have a special responsibility to develop those new products, resources and processes to make that happen. The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities. The winning project will receive a prize of €50,000 with €25,000 for the second place prize.


We look for proposals outlining innovative chemistry ideas that tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Projects will be reviewed according to the following criteria:


  • Provide a description of the project background and the urgency of the problem. Please include a description of the broader context and highlight how the project links to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Comply with at least one of the 12 principles of green chemistry, or more specifically:
  • Reduce or eliminate the use or generation of one or more hazardous substance or material
  • Provide a more sustainable use of resources (e.g., bio-, minerals, metals but also water, energy), or products, or more sustainable manufacturing/ application of chemical products
  • Increase longevity, increase reuse or recyclability e.g. by proper design or manner of application etc.,
  • Design a new business model fitting into the criteria of green and sustainable chemistry.
  • Be replicable, scalable, sustainable, and set a benchmark for innovation – new ideas or concepts in development will be given preference over more advanced projects.
  • Be suitable for use in developing countries. Have considered the project’s social impact on local communities, including gender equality either in design or implementation.


Have practical applicability – include an implementation plan. Please note that if the project has been developed in a high-income country, contextually appropriate knowledge transfer will need to be demonstrated, for instance through a developing country implementation partner. If the idea presented is already patented it will not be eligible. Patents resulting from the work in case of executing the awarded project will be possible anyway.



The top five candidates will be invited to present their proposals at the 2019 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Dresden, Germany, where the winners will be announced. The winning project will receive a € 50,000 award and the second prize winner will receive € 25,000.


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