The Secretariat is now accepting applications for the EcoPartnerships program!

Please carefully review the application process and selection guidelines described below, and download one English and one Mandarin Chinese version of the 2017 Application Template below.  

Applicants should complete applications in both English and Mandarin Chinese and submit both applications to and both applications to no later than 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, May 31st Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  English and Mandarin Chinese applications not submitted to both email addresses by the deadline will be disqualified as incomplete, and will not be considered. After your submission, you will receive an email from the Secretariat confirming that your application was received.

Please review your application carefully before submission, as you will not be able to make adjustments once the application is submitted. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the U.S. Secretariat at or the Chinese Secretariat at Applications that are late, incomplete, or inconsistent with the instructions provided in the template will not be accepted.

Application and Selection Process

There is no cost to apply, but all participating organizations must be able to fulfill the Roles and Responsibilities outlined on the Overview page of the website. If an organization is currently in an EcoPartnership, it may not apply to join the program with new partners.

Application Process

The following steps outlined the application and selection process:

  1. Download the Application Templates below and work with your partner(s) to fill out all sections. One application must be entirely in English, and an identical application entirely in Mandarin Chinese.
  2. Submit both the English and Mandarin Chinese applications to and both the English and Mandarin Chinese applications to by 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, May 31st EDT.
  3. The Secretariat sends an email confirming your applications have been received.  If you do not receive this email, please contact and
  4. The Secretariat sends accepted applications to Advisory Committees comprised of experts from across the U.S. and Chinese governments.
  5. The Advisory Committees review the applications according to the Selection Criteria, and then develop consensus selections.
  6. New EcoPartners sign a Statement of Intent indicating their commitment to work with their partner as described in their application.

Only the application and appendix material is considered by the Advisory Committees. No efforts should be made to provide additional information or otherwise engage the Advisory Committees during their reviews.

Selection Process

Applications are evaluated on the extent to which the proposed EcoPartnership:

  1. Aligns with one or more Focus Areas of the U.S.-China Ten-Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment or U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG).
  2. Outlines an innovative, collaborative project that is worthy of recognition and support.
  3. States a significant, viable goal to be achieved at the culmination of the project, and another for the medium term (several years after the project is complete). Specifies relevant metrics by which to gauge progress toward those goals. U.S. and Chinese peers (e.g. other cities, companies, universities of similar attributes) should be able to leverage insights from the EcoPartnership and replicate best practices.
  4. Leverages a solid relationship with the proposed China/U.S. partner. It should be clear that the EcoPartnership program will elevate this relationship to a new level and thus unlock new opportunities, rather than just serve as recognition of a collaboration that will succeed to the same degree regardless of participation in the program. There must be reasonable expectation that a basic existing relationship / meaningful interaction had been established between the applicants prior to the application to ensure that their interests are aligned and their cooperation is viable.
  5. Identifies comprehensive teams with relevant previous experience and qualifications to fulfill key roles, rather than only one or two experts responsible for all of the work (ensures resiliency if the staff change over time).
  6. Receives clear support from decision makers in each organization with sufficient existing financial resources and equipment to fulfill the proposed activities