Supporting Libraries in Developing Countries, Academic Diversity and Nursing Leadership
The Elsevier Foundation is awarding $600,000 in new grants to 12 institutions from around the world whose initiatives promote the work of libraries and scholars in science, technology and medicine. The grants were announced on January 14.
The grant recipients have been selected from 250 applicants worldwide for their innovation and potential for impact in the developing world, academic workplace and nursing community. Since 2002, the Elsevier Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields.
“We view each of these projects as an opportunity to partner with innovative organizations around the world, supporting their critical efforts to address the global nursing shortage, the role of women in science and the developing world’s access to research and health information,” said YS Chi, Vice Chairman of Elsevier and CEO of Science & Technology. “We are delighted by the breadth of the 2009 Foundation grant awards which promise to make both immediate and long term contributions to our science and health communities.”
The Foundation grants were awarded in three categories: Innovative Libraries, New Scholars and Nurse Faculty Leadership Development:
Under the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program, six new grants are being awarded to institutions across Africa and Asia. The grants seek to demonstrate how information resources can be used to address a variety of development issues – emergency management, the environment, boosting authorship and research skills and the distribution of clinical care information.
- JINAN University Library, China: “Developing a Service-Oriented Database of Cases of Emergency Management.”
- Medical Library Association: “‘Librarians Without Borders’ E-Library Training Initiative Grant.”
- Library of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal: “Transformation of ICIMOD’s Traditional Library into a Mountain Learning and Information Centre.”
- Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam: “Supporting Research Communities in Writing, Publishing and Sharing Their Works in Thai Nguyen University and the Northern Mountainous Area of Vietnam.”
- Makerere University, Uganda: “Enhancing Access to Current Literature by Health Workers in Rural Uganda and Community Health Problem Solving.”
- Book Aid International: “Increasing Access to Relevant Health Information for Primary Healthcare Providers Through the Development of Local Resources and Effective Health Sections in Kenyan Public Libraries.”
Four new grants are being awarded to a range of international institutions pioneering new approaches to childcare, mentoring, networking, and policy advocacy. The grants seek to support scholars during the early stages of their demanding careers in science and technology:
- Third World Organization for Women in Science: “Women Scientists in the Developing World Awards.”
- University of Massachusetts Amherst: “STEM Family Travel Program.”
- The University of Groningen, the Netherlands: “Special Childcare Program.”
- University of California, Los Angeles: “Enhancing the Academic Climate for STEM Women Scholars through Family-Friendly Policies.”
Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development
A new grant has been awarded to two institutions that support retaining and building the next generation of nurse faculty. The grant aims to alleviate the nurse faculty crisis by providing knowledge, skill development opportunities and support to retain new nurse educators who have transitioned into the role.
- Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN): “The International Summit on Nurse Faculty Migration.”