Green and safer product chemistry grants

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

MPCA is seeking project proposals from host companies for one Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2019. The maximum grant funding is $10,000.

  • Company application deadline: March 13, 2019 (2:00 p.m. Central Time)
  • 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.

At the same time, internship candidates can apply and submit the required form and paperwork. The project is not yet defined, but MPCA is gathering a pool of qualified applicants.

Company application materials

PDF icon 2019 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant: Request for proposals (p-p2s10-15a-fy19)

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 March 13, 2019 (2:00 p.m. Central Time).

File Application form (p-p2s10-15c-fy19)

File Project workplan (p-p2s10-15d-fy19)

File Affidavit of noncollusion (p-p2s10-15f-fy19)

File Sample agreement (p-p2s10-15b-fy19)

Intern application materials

Instructions are in the application form. Open through April 30, 2019, or until the position is filled. Watch this page or use the "sign up" to get updates on this grant and internship opportunity.

File Intern application form (p-p2s10-15e-fy19)

Grant round questions and answers

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.

Q1: Would a non-profit be eligible for the Green Chemistry grant?
A1: Yes; a non-profit would be eligible as long as they meet the requirements as outlined in the RFP.

Q2: How many such internships do you grant every year?
A2: According to the RFP, one.

Q3: What is the timeframe when the intern would be working?
A3: As outlined in the RFP, the intern will spend 10-12 weeks working with an approximate start date of May 1.

Q4: Do you select students from Minnesota schools or are there out-of-state students who can apply for it as well?
A4: As stated in the RFP, the grantee may also use their own intern recruitment and hiring programs and practices, as long as they result in candidates well-positioned to succeed in the purpose of the grant project.


Background

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

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. Companies may also recruit independently. The intern works with a mentor within the company for 10-12 weeks during the summer—or beyond that, if the company and intern agree.

Past projects