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Students: Submit a Proposal for up to $5,000

Successful Student-led Proposals May Lead to $50,000 in Grant Funds

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. The first fifteen (15) qualifying project proposals will be granted $5,000 in seed funds and may compete in the fall for up to $50,000 in additional funding.

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world in areas such as safe drinking water, sustainable agricultural techniques, community health, waste management, and sustainable local economic development. 

Project teams must be student-led, with teams representing at least three different schools/colleges at U-M Ann Arbor. Project teams should 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.


Submit your proposal here!


  • Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition: May 26, 2017, 11:59 PM
  • NOTE: Proposals will be accepted until 15 viable proposals have been awarded