Graham Sustainability Institute

Dow Distinguished Awards 2019

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Please see the Distinguished Awards Guidelines for full details about the program and the application requirements.
 

Step 1: Letter of Intent (Due March 14, 2019, 4:00 PM)

Hit the apply button above to start a new application. Please upload one PDF file (maximum 1-page) with the following information:
 
  • Project Title (maximum of 50 characters)
  • Team Member Names (max. of 6, min. of 3, include first and last name, email, and school/college). Note: Team members must represent three different disciplines.
  • Project Advisor name, email and phone (must be current U-M Faculty)
  • Draft Scope of Work. Articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., policy, program, service, product, etc.) and have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact. Address how project success will be measured, such as metrics related to the project scope and objectives, and over what time frame. We encourage proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to energy, water, communities, food, built environment, and transportation external to the University of Michigan.

Special Call Focus Areas:

  • We are particularly interested in innovative efforts focusing on plastics recycling at the national and global levels.
  • Focusing on communities where sustainability solutions or interventions were previously applied to assess the impact of the projects and provide recommendations based on community feedback.

Step 2: Full Application (Due April 11, 2019, 4:00 PM)

Use the unique link you were emailed to return to your original application page to submit your full application file (the apply button above will not work again). Please upload one PDF file with the following information:

A. Project Title (Max 50 characters)

B. Geographic Location of Project (city, state, zip, country)

  • Use Ann Arbor, MI as a default if project applies nationally

C. Team Member Names (max. of 6, min. of 3). Include: First and Last name, email, and school/college (Must represent 3 disciplines)

  • Project Advisor (name, email and phone – must be current U-M Faculty or Staff)
  • Student Team Leader (name, phone)

D. Specific United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Addressed:

  • In addition to the Program Topics above, we anticipate addressing these SDGs, see UN-SDG (select up to three):

E. Background and Statement of Need (250 words maximum):

  • Clearly identify the current situation or challenge.

F. Scope of Work and Timeline (350 words maximum):

Articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., policy, program, service, product, etc.) and have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact. Address how project success will be measured, such as metrics related to the project scope and objectives, and over what time frame.

Timeline: Estimated dates for activities (client interactions) and key deliverables (recommendations, presentations, and reports or other documents). Consider: Allocation of work among team members; and a proposed team meeting schedule, including summer engagement (in-person or electronic).

Tasks: Include Key Meetings, Milestones, and Deliverables with estimated dates and the purpose of each task. (Note: Teams may consider developing a separate Excel spreadsheet to track tasks, activities and progress throughout the life of the project, and add team member names to specific tasks. Teams typically negotiate the workload, ensuring that each member is contributing approximately 100-150 hours or more of time during the year to accomplish the project goals and objectives.)

G. Anticipated Outcomes (250 words maximum): Our team hopes to change or contribute the following…

H. Project Budget