If you are seeking funding for your interdisciplinary team, the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability supplies $5,000 in seed funding for projects with a significant impact beyond the U-M Campus. Furthermore, this award could result in a $50,000 award to move toward full implementation. More information below:

Submit Your Dow Distinguished Award Application for 2018

Advance Real-World Projects in Locations throughout the World

Students: Submit a Proposal for $5,000

2018 Application 


  • May 24, 2018, 12:00 PM
  • Proposals will be accepted until 15 viable proposals have been awarded

Submit Online

Undergraduate or graduate students interested in projects beyond the campus receive to $50K to work on innovative solutions to affordable housing, access to healthy food, renewable energy and more. Part of the Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program, administered by the Graham Institute.Students across the University of Michigan are invited to propose an action-oriented project beyond the campus focusing on wide-ranging sustainability issues such as energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas.

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world with safe drinking water, energy conservation, and transportation.

Interdisciplinary teams, with students from at least three different schools/colleges at UM-Ann Arbor will be awarded up to $5,000 to pursue a collaborative project at the local, national, or global level.

Successful teams will clearly articulate a new and innovative concept, and describe compelling and practical efforts for societal benefits and sustainability impact beyond the U-M campus.

Contact: Elizabeth LaPorte elzblap@umich.edu

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These small “seed” grants provide up to $5,000 and successful projects could lead up to $50,000 for full implementation. This program is administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.