Sustainability Innovation Seed Grants

Sustainability is a way to meet our present needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations.

Our Sustainability Innovation Seed Grant program invites current BU students and alumni within one year of graduation to be part of this movement. With funding and resources offered by BU Sustainability and Innovate@BU, students are empowered to kick-start a project or develop an intervention that tackles the leading sustainability challenges facing BU.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to join us for one of our information sessions:

  1. Information Session 1: September 27, 2023
  2. Information Session 2: October 26, 2023

You may apply for up to $500 to cover the costs of materials, printing, stipends, and more.

Apply by November 1


Apply to the BU Climate Innovation Challenge!

If your idea for the seed grant can help Boston become more resilient to climate change, then throw your hat into the ring to win a piece of the $15,000 prize!

Learn more & apply


Innovation Requirements

Sustainability innovations should provide solutions for Boston University, but preference is given to those that also have an impact beyond campus. They must meet one or more of the recommendations outlined in the Boston University Climate Action Plan, and should relate to one of these five topics (see below for more information):

  • Climate change resilience
  • Emissions and energy
  • Education and engagement
  • Environmental Justice
  • Zero Waste

Innovation ideas from all fields of study and experience are welcome. We encourage innovative ideas/projects that could scale to participate in further challenges and grant opportunities.

Application & Grant Timelines

Project Selection Process

The selection team will evaluate projects based on the following criteria:

  • Impact on the BU campus(es) and community
  • Connection to the BU Climate Action Plan
  • Clarity of the plan
  • Originality
  • Ability to complete

Learn about the Topic Areas

Though climate change resilience, emissions and energy, education and engagement, environmental justice, Zero Waste, and other issues linked with sustainable living are interconnected, each one can be explored uniquely through innovation.

Climate change is a result of human activities that alter the atmosphere, resulting in rising temperatures, extreme weather, adverse human health effects, and more. Learn more from the BU Climate Action Plan

The impacts of climate change will disproportionately impact vulnerable populations. Learn more from the Carbon Free Boston Report

Resilience is the ability for individuals, communities, institutions, and systems within a city to adapt to and mitigate social, economic, and climate shocks. Learn more from the Resilient Boston Report

If greenhouse gas emissions were to stop tomorrow, the long life of these gases in the atmosphere would ensure that climate change would continue for decades. Learn more from the BU Climate Action Plan

Environmental Justice is defined as “All people and communities have the right to equal environmental protection under the law, and the right to live, work and play in communities that are safe, healthy and free of life-threatening conditions.”

Zero Waste means diverting 90% or more of waste from landfill/incineration through reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, and inspiring innovation. Learn more from Zero Waste Boston

Apply by November 1