PhosAgro/ UNESCO/ IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life

Chemistry and Energy lab, University of Hong Kong. © V. Durruty & P. Guedj for the L'Oréal Corporation Foundation

Green chemistry has become a target for cutting-edge research into sustainable technologies. These may reduce (or eliminate) the production and use of hazardous substances in mining and in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products, and may also lead to energy savings and a better environment and health.

Research in green chemistry and allied areas in biochemistry, geochemistry, biotechnology, ecology and healthcare give young scientists ample opportunity to demonstrate their inventiveness and provide important input to sustainable development. With this in mind, the Green Chemistry for Life Project was launched in 2013 by UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) and PhosAgro, the largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizer in Europe, in close cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). 



Over the course of 8 years, the project will offer research grants of up to US$30,000 to scientists aged 39 and under with an innovative research project that respects the 12 principles of green chemistry, to help them implement their project.

In addition to seeking to harness talents of young scientists for the advancement of green chemistry and the use of its fruits, the Project sets out to raise awareness among decision- and policy-makers, industrialists and the public at large of the vast opportunities green chemistry offers to meet pressing societal needs.

2020 Green Chemistry for Life research grants for young scientists

The exhibition of PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of the Periodic Table 2019

The call for applications for the 2020 Green Chemistry research grants for young scientists, including the special grant for research projects on phosphogypsum, is exceptionally remaining open until 31 January 2021.

The extension of the deadline from 25 April 2020 to 31 January 2021 takes into consideration the many disruptions caused by COVID-19 on universities’ and research institutes’ work, including meetings, travel, and health security measures implemented in many countries. Applications submitted before the initial deadline (25 April 2020) will remain valid and will be reviewed together with the applications received by 31 January 2021. Any information that may require updating will be revised in consultation with the applicants if necessary, following the evaluation of the applications by the Jury.

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