Graham Sustainability Institute

Win Up to $50K for Your Sustainability Project!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Attention University of Michigan Community;

Do you have an idea to help protect the environment and enhance quality of life for current and future generations? If so, then consider entering the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition, which provides up to $5,000 in "seed money" to pursue a collaborative project, and up to $50,000 for full implementation.

As a component of U-M's Dow Sustainability Fellows program, this competition welcomes proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to: energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. Details about the awards program are here, and a few key details are outlined below.

Project & Proposal Requirements:

  • Describe a compelling and practical effort to foster sustainability at the local, national, or global level
  • Clearly articulate a new and innovative concept and have the potential for societal benefits and sustainability impact
  • Be led by students from U-M Ann Arbor
  • Have a faculty advisor (Additional staff and faculty team members are also encouraged)
  • Involve at least three different schools/colleges at UM-Ann Arbor


The program is accepting until August 1, 2014 or until 20 viable proposals have been received, whichever comes first. So, if you're interested, be sure to submit a proposal ASAP.


Information about this Dow Sustainability Awards competition is available on U-M's Planet Blue website. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Bond at (734) 763-6131 or