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The Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge is one of the Elsevier Foundation’s flagship partnerships. Together with Elsevier’s Chemistry journals, the Elsevier Foundation provides funding of 25,000 USD for 2 winning projects per year, implementing green & sustainable chemistry solutions in the Global South – advancing both Climate Action (SDG 13) and Gender Equity (SDG 5).

🏆 Meet the Winners

Our winners are working on projects ranging from natural biopesticide in Malaysia to ecorestoration in Nigeria, from natural preservatives in Nepal to butterfly attractant in India and wastewater treatments in Jordan.

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Altantuya Ochirkhuyag

Altantuya Ochirkhuyag

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María Alejandra Flórez-Restrepo

María Alejandra Flórez-Restrepo

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Maria Wilvenna Añora

Maria Wilvenna Añora

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Mohammedweli Mohamed

Mohammedweli Mohamed

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More information on the Challenge ▼

  • Before submitting your proposal, make sure to read the full description of the Challenge and the criteria with which the proposals will be evaluated.

    The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge is jointly run by the Elsevier Foundation and Elsevier’s Sustainable Chemistry journals team. The Challenge is open to individuals and organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges.

    The winning projects will receive a prize of $25,000 each. The winners will be announced at the 9th Elsevier Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference (3-6 March, 2025) in Punne, India.

Application process and Frequently Asked Questions ▼

  • 1. How do I submit my proposal?

    You can submit your proposal on the Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge platform at this link: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/75763/submitter

    For a successful proposal, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the full description of the Challenge and the criteria.


  • 2. What is in scope and what is out of scope for the Challenge?

    In-scope: scale-ups of early-stage projects where the prize represents most of the overall needed budget; innovative green & sustainable chemistry solutions implemented in the global South. For example, projects looking at Sustainable Chemistry Solutions: Waste Utilization; Alternative Energy Sources; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health; Climate Change Mitigation; Community Empowerment; Sustainable Agriculture; Water Resource Management; Health and Well-being.

    Out-of-scope: projects to be implemented outside of low-and-middle income countries; projects with no gender component, educational projects without a strong scientific green & sustainable chemistry component; prize money mainly used on expensive equipment; prize money mainly used on personnel; projects in the Global South without a local implementation partner.


  • 3. What are the Challenge’s process and deadlines?

    The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge is articulated in the following phases:

    • Submission phase: This is the general submission period. Proposals can be submitted from 15th of June 2024 to the 15th of September 2024.
    • Reviewing phase: Out of all submitted proposals, the top tier eligible proposals will be selected by a panel of reviewers and will be advanced to the judging phase.
    • Judging phase: The scientific jury will evaluate the proposals and identify the finalists. The Top 5 finalists will be selected to compete for the two prizes and will be invited to present their proposal at the 9th Elsevier Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference (3-6 March, 2025).
  • 4. What are the prizes of the Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge?

    The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge awards 2 prizes of 25,000 dollars (USD) each.

    The Challenge awards projects that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges – encouraging researchers to come up with new solutions.


  • 5. When will I know the results of my application?

    • The list of the top tier proposals that will be advanced to the judging phase of the Challenge will be published in October 2023 on the Elsevier Foundation website.
    • The list of the Top 5 proposals will be published on our website early December 2024. The finalists will be invited to present their project at the 9th Elsevier Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference (2-3 March, 2025), where the winners of the two prizes will be announced.
  • 6. Can I get feedback on my proposal?

    Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants, it is not possible to offer individual feedback.


  • 7. Is it possible to get a certificate to prove that my proposal was selected as a top tier proposal?

    Yes, it is possible. Requests for certificates should be made at chemistry.challenge@elsevier.com.


  • 8. Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

    For any question or clarification, you can reach us at chemistry.challenge@elsevier.com.

Meet our scientific jury ▼

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer is Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and director of the Research and Education Hub of the International Collaborative Center for Sustainable Chemistry (ISC3). His interest is in designing benign chemicals to address the quest of micro pollutants in the aquatic environment, usage and protection of material resources, environmental chemistry and water chemistry, ecology of time, and the development of interdisciplinary study courses and programs of sustainable chemistry. He is also founding editor and editor-in-chief of the scientific journals “Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy“ and „Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry“.

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Prof. Dr. Borhane Mahjoub
Prof. Dr. Borhane Mahjoub University of Sousse, Tunisia

Prof. Dr. Borhane Mahjoub received his MSc and PhD in Waste Sciences and Technologies from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon, France. He completed a post-doctoral research study at the Polytechnic High School of Montréal, Canada in 1999-2000.

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Prof. Vania Zuin Zeidler Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar, Brazil

Prof. Vania Zuin Zeidler is a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil) and visiting professor at the University of York (UoY, England) and Leuphana University (Germany). She focuses on Green and Sustainable Analytical Chemistry and Green and Sustainable Education. She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the IUPAC CHEMRAWN VII Prize and the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability in Universities.

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Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi
Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi Environmental Protection Agency, Accra, Ghana

Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi has diverse research interests in environmental fate, human exposure, and health risk assessment of POPs and heavy metals in Ghana. His work focuses on monitoring, sampling, analysis, and risk characterization of human health risks.

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Dr. Clare Muhoro
Dr. Clare Muhoro Towson University, US

Dr. Clare Muhoro is a Professor of Chemistry at Towson University and Director of Competitive Fellowships and Awards in the Office of the Provost. Her research focuses on the role of transition metals in organic transformations and the degradation of organic pesticides in tropical aqueous environments.

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