Travel, Grants & Awards

ACS Early Career Postdoctoral-Faculty Bridge Grant

The support available to the faculty member in the first two years is critical to developing the foundation for a robust research program that attracts grant funding, provides holistic training and mentorship to graduate students, and contributes to the culture of the department and the professional community.

The Early Career Postdoctoral-Faculty Bridge Grant provides support at this crucial junction in the form of salary for a postdoctoral fellow/associate, who can both help launch the new research lab and can gain invaluable experience in the process that can be applied to their own ability to launch an independent career in the future. To ensure meaningful mentorship for the postdoctoral fellow/associate, the award stipulates that the new Principal Investigator will participate in ACS-based training in green chemistry and mentorship.

Award: $125,000 for salary, benefits, and travel of a postdoctoral fellow for a two-year period   


  • Must currently hold a postdoctoral fellow or associate position at a U.S. institution (university, national laboratory, or company). Other eligible applicants may also include those that have secured a faculty position (but not started), or in the first 9 months of a faculty position in a U.S. Ph.D.-granting university.
  • Applicants should have held a postdoctoral fellow/associate position at any university for less than 5 years.
  • Must be planning to pursue a faculty position
  • Must anticipate launching an independent research career focusing on green and sustainable chemistry.

Applications due:  September 20, 2024