U.S. Department of State, NASA, NIKE, and USAID Sponsor “Green Chemistry” Challenge

Opportunities for Brazilians to share “green chemistry” proposals and network with business and government leaders

The U.S. Department of State, NASA, NIKE, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have partnered to sponsor LAUNCH, an open innovation platform, to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world.  Since 2010, LAUNCH has issued a series of global challenges to address key barriers which are relevant to the world stage.  LAUNCH’s 2014 challenge seeks innovative “green chemistry” proposals from around the world that leverage or advance “green chemistry” to transform the system of materials and manufacturing to one that advances global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.  The deadline for submitting proposals is September 24th, 2014.  Proposals must be submitted in English. 

The proposals of approximately 10 innovators will be selected by a panel of experts. Selected innovators will be invited to participate in a two-day LAUNCH Forum with green chemistry industry experts, business and governmental leaders and investors.

The U.S. Mission in Brazil encourages Brazilian innovators from all sectors to participate in the LAUNCH initiative and submit proposals for LAUNCH’s 2014 “green chemistry” challenge.  To join the LAUNCH network, visit http://www.launch.org/network .  Brazil has a thriving green sector, influenced by the Brazil’s bio-ethanol development, which has produced positive spin-offs in other areas. Brazilian innovators can add tremendous value to LAUNCH with their unique experiences, skills, and leadership.

For more information about this year’s challenge and how to submit a proposal, visit LAUNCH or the U.S. Embassy website.