The American Chemical Society (ACS) has unveiled its PrepareCTP Seed Grant program, aimed at bolstering partnership building at community colleges and similar two-year degree-granting institutions. The grant focuses on preparing skilled technical workers (STW) in the chemical enterprise, referred to as chemical technical professionals (CTPs). With awards of up to $20,000, the grant program supports activities such as student stipends/scholarships, faculty workload release, instrumentation purchases, and other initiatives conducive to the preparation and recruitment of chemical technical professionals. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2023.
This initiative aligns with ACS's Strategic Initiative for Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce, emphasizing the recruitment and engagement of a diverse group of students and potential employees in the chemical industry. Community colleges will receive financial support for training chemical technical professionals through activities including stipends, internships, equipment purchases, and partnership building with local businesses. The program seeks to assist students and faculty within programs that prepare chemical sciences-related professionals, as long as the students involved have not already obtained a bachelor's-level degree. Eligible programs are encouraged to submit proposals with unique strategies to foster the development of STW within their institutional frameworks.
To apply for the grant, interested parties can submit their proposals through ACS's Foundant-enabled web submission platform. The applications must include a project summary, project description, detailed budget with justification, and biographical sketches for project personnel. Proposals will be accepted from October 16, 2023, with the deadline set for November 30, 2023, at 5:00 PM EST. For more information about the PrepareCTP Seed Grant, including application instructions and contact details, please visit the ACS website or contact PrepareCTP@acs.org.
The PrepareCTP Seed Grant is part of ACS's broader efforts to foster a skilled technical workforce in the chemical industry, providing support to students, educators, and advisors. This initiative offers valuable information on chemical technical professionals' education and training while promoting collaborations between industry and educational institutions, connecting students with real-world opportunities and employers with professionals possessing the right skill set. To learn more about the ACS Strategic Initiative for Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce and its support for Chemical Technical Professionals, visit the ACS website.