ISC3 Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Waste

ISC3 Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Waste



The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) has launched the ISC3 Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Waste: Prevention, Valorisation & Management.

The ISC3 Innovation Challenge aims to engage, award, and promote sustainable chemistry innovators and their original solutions, since the transformation of the chemical sector plays a crucial role towards achieving most of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Thematic Areas

The ISC3 Innovation Challenge is organized annually and focuses on a specific topic that follows the respective focus topic of the ISC3.The current third Innovation Challenge addresses innovators from around the world developing solutions in the following thematic areas:

Waste Prevention:

Avoiding and reducing environmental impact

Durability and resilience

Closing material, molecule, and energy cycles

Waste reduction/avoidance by resource-efficient chemical and biotechnological production

Substitution of critical product ingredients preventing recycling

Product design for longevity and better recyclability

Waste Valorisation:

Recovery and reuse of waste streams: plastic and other materials waste, electronic waste, agricultural and food waste, construction waste, production waste, waste water and other waste streams

Recycling, beneficial reuse, value recovery

Waste reclamation

Energy and scarce element recovery

Business models facilitating waste collection and valorisation

Waste Management:

Safe and sound management of waste

Waste and waste-water treatment

Harmful substances in materials and products

Collection, transport, treatment, disposal, monitoring and regulation

ISC3 2022 special focus topic:

Waste management related to renewable energy supply (e.g. recycling/recyclability of batteries, wind power plant blades, PV materials)


Award Information

After the proposal evaluation period (June 16 – July 11, 2022), five finalists will be officially announced after July 15, 2022. They will receive access to ISC3 Global Start-up Service’s customized support, as well as pitch training, networking possibilities and visibility via the ISC3 communication channels.

The winners of the Innovation Challenge 2021/2022 will be awarded in the frame of the November-held Investor Forum 2022. In addition to the main prize of 15.000 EUR, the winners of two further categories, namely “Best Social Impact” and “Best Regional Impact”, will receive monetary prizes of 5.000 EUR each.

All three winners will also gain digital award credentials including a blockchain-based certificate and badge.

How To Apply

Application Deadline: 19-Apr-2022

Donor Name: International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

HOW TO APPLY: Visit  to apply.