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Awards to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Individuals to Recognize Technologies that Make Significant Positive Environmental Impacts

Green Chemistry Challenge Awards


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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/20/23
Deadline: 12/08/23 Save

Grant Description
Awards to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and individuals to recognize technologies that make significant positive environmental impacts. Nominees will be judged on science and innovation, human health and environmental benefits, and applicability and impact. The award is intended for technologies that prevent or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For the 2024 competition, there are six award categories, with a specific environmental benefit category to recognize a green chemistry technology that can prevent or reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Focus Area 1: Greener Synthetic Pathways.
  • Focus Area 2: Chemical and Process Design for Circularity.
  • Focus Area 3: Design of Safer and Degradable Chemicals.
  • Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change (for a technology in any of the three focus areas that can prevent or reduce greenhouse gas emissions).
  • Small Business (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by a small business).
  • Academic (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by an academic researcher).

To be eligible for an award, a nominated technology must meet the scope of the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards program by meeting each of these six criteria:

  1. It must be a green chemistry technology with a significant chemistry component.
  2. It must include source reduction.
  3. Its sponsor must be an eligible entity.
  4. It must have a significant milestone in its development within the past five years.
  5. It must have a significant U.S. component.
  6. It must fit within at least one of the three focus areas of the program.

For further details on award criteria, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Companies, individuals, academic institutions (including state and tribal universities), non-profit and not-for-profit organizations and their representatives are eligible for Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for outstanding or innovative source reduction technologies.

A small business for purposes of the Small Business award must have annual sales of less than $40 million, including all domestic and foreign sales by the company, its subsidiaries, and its parent company.

Members of the federal government, including U.S. departments, agencies, and laboratories are not eligible to receive this award. However, they can be a partner in the research as long as they are not the nominee.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Register for a free informational webinar on September 20, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Register online:

Pre-Application Information
Entries are due no later than December 8, 2023. EPA will present the awards at a ceremony in fall 2024.

Self-nominations are the most common; nominations of others are also welcomed.

You may nominate more than one technology, but you must submit a separate, stand-alone nomination for each one.

Award Categories:

Eligibility and Scope:

Selection Criteria:

Selection Process:

Watch an informational webinar:

Number of Grants
One award in each category

Estimated Size of Grant
EPA will present a commemorative award to the primary sponsor(s) of the winning green chemistry technology in each of the six award categories and certificates to individuals identified by the primary sponsor(s) who contributed to the research, development, or implementation of the technology.

Contact Information
Send the electronic copy of the nomination by email to

If you encounter problems submitting your nomination electronically, please contact staff at the email address above or (202) 564-8849.

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