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The Elsevier Foundation is inviting individuals and non-profit organizations to take part in the 2020 Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. The Challenge aims to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities in emerging and developing countries.

Contestants can submit projects either to the Scientific Prize category or the Entrepreneurial Prize category.

There are 2 Scientific Prizes, and projects submitted for these prizes should be those that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges.

There is 1 Entrepreneurial Prize, and those who enter for this prize should be entrepreneurs with promising innovations, who will be evaluated based on market potential, business models, technological innovation and impact.

A proposal can be submitted only for either the Entrepreneurial award or the Scientific awards.


The 1st Prize winner of the Scientific Prizes will receive €50,000 whilst the 2nd Prize winner will receive €25,000. The winner of the Entrepreneurial prize will receive €25,000.

All 3 prizes will be awarded during the 2020 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Germany, that will take place from 5 to 8 2019 in Dresden, Germany.


Applicants must be individuals and non-profit organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges, in water, sanitation or energy.

Submissions for the Scientific Prizes will be assessed on whether the project:

  • Describes clearly the urgency of the problem.
  • Utilizes innovative green and sustainable chemistry approach.
  • Is replicable, scalable, sustainable and sets a benchmark for innovation.
  • Highlights a novel approach.
  • Is applicable in and suitable for developing countries. Describe the project’s social impact on local communities, including gender equality.
  • Includes an implementation plan of the project. Patented ideas are not eligible.

Innovations and start-ups submitted for the Entrepreneurial Prize will be assessed on:

  • Background and relation to SDGs
  • Time to market, Partners and
  • Transformative potential.


Applications are to be submitted online by 15 September 2019.

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