Green and safer product chemistry grants

Green chemistry intern checking liquid in a labApply now for a Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant

MPCA is seeking project proposals from host organizations for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2020. The maximum grant funding is $10,000.

  • Company application deadline extended: March 6, 2020
  • Complete details are available in the posted request for proposals.
  • Ask clarifying questions through grants.pca@state.mn.us, with the subject line “Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship Q&A”. Answers will be posted on this web page.

Company application materials

PDF icon Addendum 1 - 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant (p-p2s10-15g-fy20)

Extends the application deadline to March 6, 2020. This addendum will become part of the Request for Proposal and must be submitted with an application. (Jan. 13, 2020)

PDF icon 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant: RFP (p-p2s10-15a-fy20)

This RFP 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.

File Application form (p-p2s10-15c-fy20)

File Project workplan and budget (p-p2s10-15d-fy20)

File Affidavit of noncollusion (p-p2s10-15f-fy20)

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-p2s10-15b-fy20)

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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.

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