Dow Distinguished Awards for
Interdisciplinary Sustainability
Gregory G. Bond, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Dow Fellows Program
February 20, 2014
Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program
Established through an expendable $10MM
six year gift from The Dow Chemical
”the program supports full-time graduate students and
postdoctoral scholars at the University of Michigan (“U-M”) who
are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and
meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The
program aspires to prepare future sustainability leaders to make
a positive difference in organizations worldwide.”
Four Components to the Program
• Masters/Professional level Fellows
• Doctoral level Fellows
• Post-Doctoral level Fellows
• Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability
Distinguished Awards Program
• Annual competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across
disciplines and academic levels, and involve U-M students at all academic
• Modeled somewhat after MCubed – low barrier for $5K of seed funding
• Two-page project proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort
to foster sustainability.
• Proposals should be action oriented and outline a new product, service, or
project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for
present and future generations.
Eligible Project Teams:
• Must be student-led from U-M Ann Arbor campus.
• May include faculty and staff and external parties.
• Must have a faculty advisor who can administer the
• Must include representatives from at least 3 different
Schools/Colleges to be eligible to receive $5K of seed
Two Page Project Proposals
• Should clearly articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g.,
process, policy, program, service, technology, product, etc.) and
have the potential for significant societal benefits and
sustainability impact.
• May be submitted anytime from RFP issuance until August 1,
2014 or until the first 20 have been funded, whichever occurs
• Must include a brief description of the project scope, including
expected outcomes/impacts
• Must include a preliminary project timeline and budget
• Must list team members and their U-M School/College
Seed Funding
• Graham Sustainability Institute staff will conduct
a rapid review of proposals to ensure they meet
the minimum criteria with the expectation that
all valid proposals will receive an immediate
award of $5,000 to begin implementing their
• All project teams that receive seed funding must
submit a written progress report by October 1,
2014 summarizing their accomplishments and
outlining future plans.
• Up to 2 projects will be chosen by a committee composed of
internal and external experts to receive additional funding up to
$50,000 per project to facilitate further progress.
• Total of all seed funding and awards in a given year <$150,000
• All funds must be used only for direct expenses incurred in the
implementation of the projects, including student hourly wages,
purchase of equipment necessary to execute the project, and
travel-related expenses incurred in project implementation.
• Funds may not be used for expenses unrelated to project
execution, to offset faculty or staff salaries, for graduate student
assistantships, or for travel to conferences.
• Disbursement of funds will be staged and will be contingent upon
satisfactory progress and achievement of pre-identified project
• Starting with issuance of RFP, eligible project teams submit 2
page project proposals. http://graham.umich.edu/applicationrequest/28106. Once 20 project proposals have been funded
with seed money, no further proposals will be accepted.
• August 1, 2014: Deadline for project proposals unless 20
proposals have already been funded.
• October 1, 2014: Project progress reports are due from teams
who received seed funding.
• Mid November, 2014: Projects receiving additional award
funding will be publicly announced
• April 2015: Winning project teams are required to make an oral
presentation of their project at a session of the Graham
Sustainability Institute External Advisory Board.
Projects Already Funded
• Market Reputations and Consumer Beliefs
(Bhamidipati, Krupka, Lyon and Mitra)
• Future Vehicle Sharing Service Design for Ann
(Kang, Papalambros, Feinberg, Gashaj)
Publicity to Date
• RFP sent to Deans and Associate Deans of all
• Planet Blue Ambassador (twice)
• The University Record
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