Famae "Inspiring Green" Collaborative Challenge for Waste Reduction


Famae, an independent endowment fund 


Famae Challenge: Inspiring Green Competition

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Terms & Conditions of the Challenge


This is Famae's first Collaborative Challenge seeking pragmatic, efficient, durable, universal and money-saving solutions to reduce or recycle the yearly wastes generated by a urban family (using, if necessary, existing solutions). In a Western country, an average 4-person family generates up to 2 tonnes of waste per year, and this Challenge aims to change that.

A dedicated jury will review all the applicants’ projects and carry out the final selection in the spring of 2018. The members of the jury are representatives from Agoranov, Zero Waste, other Greentech experts, FAMAE founder Eric Philippon, Cedric Villani (renowned scientist, Fields Medal winner in 2010), Jacques Lewiner (Scientist and renowned inventor with 1000 patents) and Geneviève Férone (Vice President of The Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind).


Graduate Students, Professors and Researchers

Maximum Project Value

20 000 - 1 000 000 € (Euros)


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please contact Carolyn Dowling-Osborn (cosborn@uoguelph.ca), Office of Research, by email to indicate your interest in submitting a project to the Competition. Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to emailing.

Gregor Lawson from the Catalyst Centre will be engaged to support conversations with industry partners around intellectual property terms if necessary.

External Deadline

Deadline for Registration: Please register and submit an Executive Summary (<250 words) for your proposed project on the Famae website. You are also permitted to send a full project description (pdf document with images, drawings, plans, etc.) by email to contact@famae.earth.

Applicants will be invited by the selection jury by March 2018. 

External Deadline

Successful nominees will be announced and invited to pitch their projects in Paris during the Vivatech event. 

Awardees will be selected based on the outcome of this event. These awardees will be required to sign an Award Agreement. Please contact Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, cosborn@uoguelph.ca, ASAP if selected for an award.

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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