The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

The 2020 Challenge is now OPEN! Apply here.


We believe that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. Chemists have a special responsibility to develop those new products, resources and processes to make that happen. The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities in emerging and developing countries.

The winners will be announced at the 2020 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Germany. The Challenge is articulated in two tracks:

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 whether in water, sanitation or energy. Read more about Elsevier and green chemistry.

We’ve compiled a list of useful information that answers to the most asked questions. Read the FAQs.

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.

Curious about our winners? Read their stories and learn more

about the Challenge on Elsevier Connect.

2019 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge Winners, Drs. Albakain and Patwardhan (right) (Credit: Jürgen Lösel).