The Air Liquide Foundation has defined detailed criteria and a selection process and set up an online project submission tool. Discover them before submitting your project.
The 6 project selection criteria
To be considered by the Foundation, all applications must meet the following selection criteria:
1. The project must be related to one of the missions of the Foundation:
- Fundamental research on respiratory diseases or air quality, especially atmospheric chemistry; scientific education in these fields
- Job-skilling in technical fields
- Local-development projects sponsored by Air Liquide employees in the following areas: education & training, professional integration, disability, social, micro-entrepreneurship, environment, access to healthcare
2. The project developer has a defined legal status, a strong governance and is a non-profit entity
The Foundation supports projects initiated by:
- Research institutions
- Non-Profits and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Academia (schools, universities, training organizations)
3. The project is located in a country and close to an Air Liquide subsidiary
- Applicants for research projects must be based in the European Economic Area (European Union + Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway)
- Job-skilling projects must be in Europe or the developing world; Local development projects sponsored by Air Liquide Group employees must bet in the European Economic Area or in a developing country where the Air Liquide Group is present, near one of the Group subsidiaries (maximum 2 hours drive)
4. The project is precise, structured with impact measures
The Foundation examines all projects that have:
- concrete objectives whose results are observable and measurable
- a detailed budget (resources/spending)
- a precise schedule and project completion deadline
- a predetermined location
5. The project is a long-term project
The Air Liquide Foundation supports projects through a financial or material contribution over up to three years. For the “Acting within local territories” projects, The Air Liquide Foundation’s financial or material support of local development projects must enable them to develop sustainably.
The Foundation focuses on innovative projects.
6. Allocation of the allowance
The allowance is allocated to:
- investments in equipment such as furniture, IT equipment, building materials, etc.
- the most significant operating costs for the implementation of the project
The Foundation will only fund expenses where it has given prior approval.
Ruth Olmer, Sylvia Merkert & Ulrich Martin © Karin Kaiser - Hannover Medical School
©Gilles Leimdorfer / Interlinks image / Gaëlle Uzu, Chargée de recherche IRD à l'Institut des Géosciences de l'Environnement de l’Université Grenoble Alpes
Applications that do not meet the Foundation's criteria
The Air Liquide Foundation cannot support projects that are not in line with its mission and do not meet the above criteria.
The following are therefore excluded:
- One-off or short-term initiatives: events, sponsoring, treks and rallies, gala dinners, humanitarian trips
- Personal projects: grants, financing studies, survey trips, and school trips – including those that are within the Foundation's areas of intervention
- Sporting or cultural projects, activities or competitions
- Projects that are not clearly secular or apolitical in nature
- For-profit projects
The life of a project
Applications are carefully reviewed by the Foundation team, following a well-defined selection process.
The steps of the project submission
If you want to submit an application to the Air Liquide Foundation, here are the steps to follow:
Please first check that you are eligible for the Foundation support. Ensure that your project is consistent with one of the Foundation missions - Research and Job integration & communities - and that your request meets the project's selection criteria. If your project comes under one of the Foundation's areas of intervention, follow the steps listed below.
- Create an account. Go to the Submit a project tab and create an account in order to get access to the project submission section.
- Prepare your application.Complete the form online, presenting your organization and your project. Complete it in order to present your project in a clear and detailed manner. You can ask other people (e.g. project manager) to help you complete your application. This is possible via the "Manage Invitations" button in the form menu. Submit the requested documents by uploading them to your account. The required documents are mandatory; any incomplete application will not be considered. The required documents are mandatory; any incomplete application will not be considered.
- Submitting your project. When your application file is complete, the Submit button allows you to confirm the submission of your project. You will be sent a confirmation email. Please note: you can no longer amend your project once it has been submitted. The Foundation's team will examine your project. If your project is pre-selected, you will be contacted by a member of the Foundation's team in order to arrange a meeting to discuss your project and how the Foundation works.