Green and safer product chemistry grants

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MPCA is seeking project proposals from host organizations for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2021.

  • Maximum grant funding: $12,000
  • Application deadline for host organizations: April 16, 2021

Refer to the posted request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility, who may apply, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application materials

Ask clarifying questions through grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship 2021." Answers will be posted on this web page. Final questions will be posted Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (4 p.m.)

Read the background section for possible project scopes, and check out past projects for examples.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant: State fiscal year 2021

PDF icon 2021 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant: Request for proposals (p-p2s10-15a-fy21)

This document describes the Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant, including information on who may apply for funding, match requirements, goals and objectives of the project, the criteria for selection, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 2:00 PM Central Time on April 16, 2021.

File Application form (p-p2s10-15c-fy21)

File Project workplan and budget (p-p2s10-15d-fy21)

File Sample grant agreement (p-p2s10-15b-fy21)

 

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Background

Through these grants, both the host organization and an intern gain experience in advancing the practice of green chemistry and engineering, applied to one or more products or components in any way that supports improved, safer product chemistry.

Grant projects may include work like this:

  • Life cycle comparison of candidate materials
  • Support safety and/or performance testing of alternative materials or designs
  • Work with design, manufacturing, and cross-functional teams to assess the supply and cost of new materials
  • Catalog supplier safety data sheets and certifications as part of green/sustainable purchasing initiatives
  • Update inventories of chemical regulations and support audits of internal and supply chain compliance
  • Learn and perform hazard and alternatives assessment processes
  • Support sales and marketing of reformulated products

MPCA staff work with partners across North America to recruit students or recent graduates from scientific/technical programs at universities and colleges, creating a pool of candidates from which the company awarded a grant may select for interviews and an eventual offer for their position. Organizations may also recruit independently. The intern works with a mentor within the organization for 10-12 weeks during the summer—or beyond that, if the host and intern agree.

Past projects