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Gregory G. Bond, Ph.D., M.P.H. Chair, Dow Fellows Program February 20, 2014 Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability.

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1 Gregory G. Bond, Ph.D., M.P.H. Chair, Dow Fellows Program February 20, 2014 Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

2 Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program Established through an expendable $10MM six year gift from The Dow Chemical Company ”the program supports full-time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Michigan (“U-M”) who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The program aspires to prepare future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide.”

3 Four Components to the Program Masters/Professional level Fellows Doctoral level Fellows Post-Doctoral level Fellows Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

4 Distinguished Awards Program Annual competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels, and involve U-M students at all academic levels Modeled somewhat after MCubed – low barrier for $5K of seed funding Two-page project proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort to foster sustainability. Proposals should be action oriented and outline a new product, service, or project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for present and future generations.

5 Eligible Project Teams: Must be student-led from U-M Ann Arbor campus. May include faculty and staff and external parties. Must have a faculty advisor who can administer the funds. Must include representatives from at least 3 different Schools/Colleges to be eligible to receive $5K of seed funding.

6 Two Page Project Proposals Should clearly articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., process, policy, program, service, technology, product, etc.) and have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact. May be submitted anytime from RFP issuance until August 1, 2014 or until the first 20 have been funded, whichever occurs first. Must include a brief description of the project scope, including expected outcomes/impacts Must include a preliminary project timeline and budget Must list team members and their U-M School/College affiliations.

7 Seed Funding Graham Sustainability Institute staff will conduct a rapid review of proposals to ensure they meet the minimum criteria with the expectation that all valid proposals will receive an immediate award of $5,000 to begin implementing their proposals. All project teams that receive seed funding must submit a written progress report by October 1, 2014 summarizing their accomplishments and outlining future plans.

8 Awards Up to 2 projects will be chosen by a committee composed of internal and external experts to receive additional funding up to $50,000 per project to facilitate further progress. Total of all seed funding and awards in a given year <$150,000 All funds must be used only for direct expenses incurred in the implementation of the projects, including student hourly wages, purchase of equipment necessary to execute the project, and travel-related expenses incurred in project implementation. Funds may not be used for expenses unrelated to project execution, to offset faculty or staff salaries, for graduate student assistantships, or for travel to conferences. Disbursement of funds will be staged and will be contingent upon satisfactory progress and achievement of pre-identified project milestones.

9 Timeline Starting with issuance of RFP, eligible project teams submit 2 page project proposals. request/28106. Once 20 project proposals have been funded with seed money, no further proposals will be accepted. request/28106 August 1, 2014: Deadline for project proposals unless 20 proposals have already been funded. October 1, 2014: Project progress reports are due from teams who received seed funding. Mid November, 2014: Projects receiving additional award funding will be publicly announced April 2015: Winning project teams are required to make an oral presentation of their project at a session of the Graham Sustainability Institute External Advisory Board.

10 Projects Already Funded Market Reputations and Consumer Beliefs (Bhamidipati, Krupka, Lyon and Mitra) Future Vehicle Sharing Service Design for Ann Arbor (Kang, Papalambros, Feinberg, Gashaj)

11 Publicity to Date RFP sent to Deans and Associate Deans of all Schools/Colleges Planet Blue Ambassador (twice) The University Record shed-awards

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