External Funding Opportunities

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. 

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.

2016 Proposal Requirements and Request 


  • Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition: 
  • May 26, 2016, 12:00 PM
  • NOTE: Proposals will be accepted until 15 viable proposals have been awarded

Submit Online

Contact: Anne Wallin apwallin@umich.edu / 734.763.6131

Learn More: Although these small “seed” grants provide up to $5,000, successful projects could lead up to $50,000 for full implementation. Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Competition Projects Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Dow Global Impact Series