Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (5/9/2012) - Graduate students: Are you up for a challenge? The Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA), a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.

Application Process:

SISCA applications will be available in September 2012. Completed applications will be due by November 9, 2012. A select number of applicants will be invited to present their submissions to a panel of judges on November 28, 2012. Award winners will be notified by December 1, 2012.

Submission Criteria:

A winning submission must:

  • exhibit potential for solving world challenges in alignment with the spirit of Dow’s 2015 Sustainability Goals
  • be interdisciplinary (applied sciences, engineering, economics, public policy, social studies, business etc.)
  • involve innovative thinking and excellence in research.

Award Details:

Awards include a $10,000 grand prize and a $2,500 runner-up prize.


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Dow launched SISCA in 2009 to promote forward thinking in social and environmental responsibility.


In order to ensure a more sustainable future, it’s essential we promote and cultivate fresh ideas, innovative thinking and sustainable practices that balance environmental, societal and economic decisions. SISCA advances sustainable development, helping further our commitment to create positive change for tomorrow.


SISCA acknowledges the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of University of Minnesota students and the professors, sponsors and facilitators who support their sustainability innovations and efforts in continued excellence. Applicants must be enrolled graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Former SISCA winners are not eligible to participate.