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Green Chemistry For Life


    Green Chemistry for Life is a scientific and educational project launched in 2013 on the initiative of UNESCO and PhosAgro with the support of the IUPAC. The project is primarily aimed at solving global problems of sustainable development, with an emphasis on financial and scientific support for promising young scientists around the world specializing in innovative technologies in the field of green chemistry. These environmentally friendly, science-based technologies are designed to address environmental and health issues, food security, and identify new perspectives for energy conservation and the use of natural resources. A special grant for research on the use of phosphogypsum was established in 2016 in the framework of the Project.


    The Project offers research grants of up to US$30 000 to scientists who works on innovative research project that respects the 12 principles of green chemistry, to help them implement their projects. The fact that this Project was developed specifically to support researchers from around the world at the start of their careers makes it especially useful and important. The objective of the project is to expand the global international capacity to use green chemistry and sustainable technologies that allow to achieve SDGs 1; 2; 3; 6; 7; 11; 12; 13; 15. Project sets out to raise awareness among decision- and policymakers, industrialists and the public at opportunities that green chemistry offers to meet pressing societal needs in according to the 2030 Agenda.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    Green Chemistry for Life project was adjusted to incorporate the SDG 17, SDG 9 and SDG 4. The project welcomes the scientific works of the young scientists from a number countries of Asia, Africa, the Middle and Far East, Europe, Latin America and Oceania. The Project is an example of both cultural and gender equality: in 2019 four out of nine winners were women, and over the last seven years PhosAgro and UNESCO have given grants to 41 young scientists from 29 countries around the world. According to the SDG 5, we are promoting woman scientists from developing countries in their early career and support their research. Gender equality in the project is considered as crucial means to promote scientific and technological excellence.

    Implementation methodologies

    A series of actions are taking to achieve the Project's objectives, as well as to assess and support its impact: • Planning includes the issuance of project assignments, the dissemination of information materials, and the actions of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC scientific committees. • Selection of the most promising projects that will receive a one-year grant proceed by the International Scientific Jury consisting of 13 widely recognized scientists. • Award of one-year grants (up to US$30,000) for innovative projects selected by the Jury. • Green Chemistry project assists the implementation of selected projects through training and scientific expertise activities in regional, international communities and their assistance in the dissemination of scientific information and the provision of research equipment. • Awareness-raising and project coverage through advocacy, UNESCO reports, publication of information materials, presentations at scientific meetings of UNESCO and IUPAC programs, and coverage through cooperation with PhosAgro and the IUPAC Committee, of the relevant industrial opportunities offered by the projects. • Awarding of distinguished young scientists who have received outstanding or excellent results during the implementation of grant works (diploma from PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC). • Meeting of PhosAgro, UNESCO and IUPAC for the third year of the Program to track development, as well as a meeting for the fifth year to evaluate the Project as a whole. • In view of the widespread recognition of the success of the programme, it was agreed to extend it until 2022. This means that PhosAgro’s contribution to the project from 2013 to 2022 will amount to almost USD 2.5 million. • Several expert groups from UNESCO (up to 7 members) and PhosAgro (up to 10 members) are involved in the project with the engagement of IUPAC scientific experts. Also, in the process of organizing the selection of project applications, 13 internationally recognized scientists are involved, as well as independent scientific experts, who are normally involved in the project activities.


    New technologies and discoveries of scientists which are supported by the Project allow to achieve SDGs 1; 2; 3; 6; 7; 11; 12; 13; 15 at more efficient way. At the same time the Project itself based on SDGs 5, 9, 17. Over the 7 years of the project, the scientific jury has considered more than 700 applications. 41 grants were awarded to young scientists from 29 different countries. The Green Chemistry for Life Grant Project is a unique visionary project with an international reach, combining the efforts of science and innovative technologies in forming a new ethic of progress, which provides for high responsibility for the prosperity of future generations and is based on the principles of sustainable development.

    Factors and Constraints

    The example of the grant program "Green Chemistry for Life" is a good proof that the development and implementation of innovative technologies receives a wide response from the scientific community. Moreover, active business support for scientific initiatives and, in particular, projects in the field of green chemistry, gives science the necessary impetus to achieve significant results in the development of green solutions, which can later be transferred from the theoretical field to production sites. And this, in turn, allows us to join the solution of a number of global problems related to environmental pollution. At the same time, new technologies and discoveries of scientists in the field of green technologies allow large businesses, in addition to the obvious advantages in terms of sustainable development (increasing the environmental friendliness of production processes and final products, etc.), to also get quite commercial benefits in the form of cost reduction and a good reputation in the eyes of key stakeholders.

    Sustainability and replicability

    The project supported by international collaboration PhosAgro/UNESCO/UNEP and based on SDGs 4, 5, 9, 17. The project duration is 7 years. After 7 years period in the reason to support SDGs implementations to the project, the parties may extend it for longer period. It will help for larger number of young scientists from developing countries participates in the project. This approach supports the equal accessibility to the project for more participants and based on SDGs 4, 5, 9, 17. The overall objective of the project is to expand the global international capacity to use green chemistry to protect the environment and human health, introduce new environmentally science-based technologies, and identification of new prospects for the use of natural resources and energy conservation. PhosAgro supports implementations of SDG 13 and SDG 15 into project for this reason we are planning in next 3 year to establish the special grant for the participants who will work on research in climate change and sustainable use of soil and water ecosystems.

    COVID-19 Impact

    The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting every aspect of people's lives in an unprecedented manner. COVID-19 has made us to realize how vital research scientists are to the health of humans. Besides human health and safety challenges we face with environmental issues, that must be sorted in a nearest future. Now especially important to provide a financial support for young scientist to building back better from COVID-19 impacts on society. Supporting the young scientist, we are supporting the Future. Due to COVID-19 the call for applications for the 2020 Green Chemistry research grants for young scientists exceptionally remained open until 31.01.2021. Applications submitted before the initial deadline remained valid and have been reviewed together with the applications received by 31.01.2021

    Contact Name
    PJSC PhosAgro
    Geographical coverage

    The practice (project Green Chemistry for Life) has the global nature and according to the rules of the programme is announced for all UNESCO Member States globally

    01 March 2013 (start date)
    01 November 2021 (date of completion)
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    Russian Federation
    Russian Federation
    Contact Information

    Aleksandr , Mr.