The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

The 2020 Challenge is now OPEN! Apply here

The Elsevier Foundation and the ISC3 believe that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. Chemists have a special responsibility to develop innovations, products and processes to tackle the major global challenges. The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge strives to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities.


The Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, organized in close partnership between ISC3 and the Elsevier Foundation, consists of three prizes:

  • Two scientific prizes: the winning project will receive a prize of €50,000 while the second place will be awarded with €25,000.
  • One Entrepreneurial prize: €25,000 will be awarded for the winner of the “Entrepreneurial Spirit in Sustainable Chemistry Award”.

The winners will be announced at the 2020 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Germany.

Please note: participants will be able to submit either to the Scientific Prizes or the Entrepreneurial Prize.

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is jointly run by the Elsevier Foundation, Elsevier’s chemistry journals team and ISC3. The Challenge is open to individuals and non-profit organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges such as water, sanitation or energy.

New category for Ideators, Innovators and Changemakers: “The Entrepreneurial Spirit in Sustainable Chemistry Award”

The “Entrepreneurial Spirit in Sustainable Chemistry Award” wants to inspire the scientific community to bring sustainable solutions to the markets. Honored are ideators and entrepreneurs who strive to solve urgent issues of environment and society and hence contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The award, worth 25,000 EUR, promotes entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable chemistry with promising innovations. It evaluates start-ups in terms of market potential, business models, technological innovation and impact as well as its transformative potential for developing and emerging countries. If applicants have developed projects in high-income countries, an appropriate knowledge transfer to developing countries is required, for example through local implementation partners.

Challenge Criteria

Before submitting your proposal, make sure to read the criteria with which the proposals will be evaluated.

Read the 2020 criteria

Judging Panel

Meet the judging panel


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