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Past Programs

Past Programs

Brief introduction about past/archived Graham programs.

Competitive funding for interdisciplinary student teams to pursue applied solutions to sustainability challenges at the local, national, or global level. Supported by the Dow Company Foundation.

Supported by the Dow Company Foundation from 2013-2017, this program encouraged cross-disciplinary study with potential impact. The program has continued with additional U-M support from 2017-2020.

From 2013-2017, the Dow Postdoctoral Fellows Program was supported by the Dow Company Foundation.

The Graham Institute sponsored the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge by which students or student teams with the top three submissions were awarded with $10,000 courtesy of the Dow Chemical Company.

Fast track grants provided up to $2,500 to early-stage investigators from U-M units with limited research funding. Grants supported work requiring limited funding and served as seed money for larger initiatives.

Transformation grants are one of the ways the Graham Institute has supported multi-year collaborative research and assessment projects. These grants were awarded to projects led by multidisciplinary research teams working in collaboration with external partners to advance sustainability.

From 2006-2013, the Graham Sustainability Institute supported nearly 50 doctoral students from 19 distinct disciplines across eight U-M schools and colleges. In 2013, the Graham Doctoral Fellows Program became the doctoral component of the University of Michigan Dow Sustainability Fellows program.

As part of MCubed 2.0, the Graham Institute offered a Cube Incentive Program, providing collaborators with funding, workspace, and project facilitation assistance.

With support from the Graham Institute, this student-run online publication made scholarly, sustainability research more accessible to practitioners and policymakers from 2013 to 2018.

Student-led project funding of up to $50,000 per semester awarded by the Student Sustainability Coalition for ambitious, student-initiated projects that reduce U-M's environmental footprint and promote a culture of sustainability on campus.

Student Sustainability Coalition-awarded funding of up to $2,500 awarded by the Student Sustainability Coalition for student projects that advance DEI&J-focused sustainability on campus, including special events.

From 2008 to 2023, Graham managed or co-managed the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) (originally the Student Sustainability Initiative), a small group of students who work closely with U-M's many sustainability-related student organizations to build connections, foster new partnerships, and amplify initiatives underway. In 2023, the management of SSC moved to Student Life Sustainability.

Led by former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, a delegation of top U-M scientists, scholars and administrators traveled to Brazil in September 2012 to strengthen collaborations throughout the nation. Several sustainability-related grants were administered by the Graham Institute.

In January 2013, the University of Michigan Water Center solicited applications for funding to support and enhance restoration and protection efforts within the Great Lakes basin.

Between August 2013 and January 2014 the Water Center solicited proposals to increase freshwater research capacity at the University of Michigan.