Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
School of Chemical Engineering


Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)

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In order to ensure a more sustainable future, it’s essential that we promote and cultivate fresh ideas, innovative thinking and sustainable practices that balance environmental, societal and economic benefits. SISCA advances sustainable development, helping further Dow’s commitment to create positive change for tomorrow. Do you have a great idea? Is it engineering focussed? Then we want you!

Win up to $25,000 for your innovation

The Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovations is calling for submissions for innovative ideas with tangible engineering focus and in line with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals. This is your chance to fund your ideas and create your own business through Dow's Sustainable Innovation Student Award Challenge (SISCA), offering $12,500 for the best engineering innovation proposal associated with sustainable production and utilisation of energy, materials, food or water. If this still isn’t good enough, the Dow Centre's Innovation Seed Fund will match the SISCA prize with another $12,500! 

Do you have an idea, but are in need of some cash and, perhaps, mentoring to turn it into a fully fletched business plan? In tandem with the SISCA competition the Dow Centre’s Innovation Seed Fund offers the opportunity to apply for one of ten available $2,500 grants that will assist you.

Depending on the level of development of your idea, the application pathway will follow.:

Flow Chart - Development Grant and SISCA Flow Chart

What do we offer?
  • Professional Differentiation – Want your C.V. to stand out?
  • Mentorship – Develop your idea with expert advice on us!
  • Connections with industry – Does your idea innovate industry? We know they’d love to hear it.
  • Funding & Laboratory Space – Access to lab space to develop your idea with funding.
Application Forms

Applications need to be completed using the relevant form below:

  • Application Form for the SISCA Prize and Matching fund:  Please click here
  • Application Form for Proof of Concept / Development Grants (10  grants available): Please click here
Rules and Conditions:  
  • At least one of the team members needs to be a full-time student at UQ (PhD, Masters or Undergraduate) at the time of submission and able to provide proof of enrollment on request.   Previous SISCA winners are excluded from the competition.  
  • A team can be comprised of one or more team members.  Prizes are awarded to the team.
  • The scope for both the SISCA prize and the Proof of Concept / Development Grants is an engineering innovation associated with sustainable production and utilisation of energy, materials, food or water.  
  • In addition, if you apply for the SISCA prize, your idea also needs to be in line with the spirit of Dow's 2025 Sustainability Goals
  • Finalists for both SISCA and the Proof of Concept / Development Grant are expected to present their pitch in front of a jury panel.
  • The Dow Centre's SISCA matching fund of $12,500 needs to be invested in further developing your business.
  • The Proof of Concept / Development Grant can only be used for activities & purchases that lead to further developing your idea.
  • If the deadline for the Expression of Interest is missed, the application can still be submitted.

Please refer to our Facebook page for updates on details and announcements.

Timeline
April Competition opens. Facebook page active and regularly updated with info on dates, deadlines and activities relevant to the competition.
August 22 August, 5pm:  Expressions of interest due at dowcentre@uq.edu.au
September 11 September, midnight:  Submissions due at dowcentre@uq.edu.au.  (Late submissions will not be accepted)
October

7 October: Announcement of finalists.  Finalists will be notified by email and are required to confirm their participation in the finals.

Coaching opportunity for finalists.  Details will be emailed to the finalists.

Final Presentation and Award Ceremony:  Monday 24 October from 4 till 7pm.

 

Application Forms

Submission Deadline

Midnight between 11th & 12th of September.

Abstracts of previous SISCA Finalists