Elsevier Foundation Invites 2010 Proposals for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program

September 15th deadline for grants to promote research in the developing world

New York, June 1st , 2010 – The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2010 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. Sponsored by Elsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, the Innovative Libraries program provides grants to library programs in the developing world for innovative systems and services that improve access to scientific, technical and medical information. The deadline for Innovative Libraries proposals is September 15th 2010. Grants will be awarded in December 2010 and provide one, two and three year awards between US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year.
The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program supports the efforts of libraries in developing countries to improve their ability to put scientific, technical and medical information to work for those who need it. Past projects have included: expanding library information resources through digitization and knowledge preservation; training and education programs for librarians and researchers; developed-developing world partnerships to provide longer term technical assistance and training.
“Last year, the number of applications to the Innovative Libraries program rose by more than half--a clear indication of the need for this type of information development,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation, “We believe strongly in the critical importance of funding proposals that demonstrate the use of information to address diverse issues of development, including environment, clinical care, emergency management and research skills.”
Active since 2002, the Elsevier Foundation provides grants to institutions around the world, with a focus on supporting the world’s libraries and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. In January 2010, $600,000 in grants were awarded to 12 organizations selected for their innovation and potential for impact in the developing world and academic workplace.
More information on the program requirements and details of how to submit a 2010 proposal are available below and on The Elsevier Foundation website. The online Elsevier Foundation application program will accept proposals from August 1st through September 15th on www.elsevierfoundation.com.

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About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to institutions around the world, with a focus on support for the world’s libraries and for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 50 grants worth over a million dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

Elsevier Foundation Program Guidelines
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

The Elsevier Foundation supports the efforts of libraries to enhance the quality of life in developing countries by advancing knowledge in science, technology and medicine. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in the developing countries and supporting organizations in the following areas:

- Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly enhance their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it -- researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.

- Programs that enhance or expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.

- Training and education programs, for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.

- Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.

Preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate the following;
- Innovation in improving the use of STM information
- A high degree of potential impact on society in the developing world
- Programs that will serve as models for other institutions and countries
- Programs that enhance international partnerships or exchange between individuals and institutions
- Realistic budgets tied to measurable outcomes
- Sustained financial and programmatic viability
- Programs that have institutional supports
- Programs leaders or institutes with record of past success

Please note: requests for hardware will only be considered if they are part of a comprehensive project approach integrating diverse elements such as training or research. Grants are awarded for specific projects rather than operating support.

Guidelines:
Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between US$5,000 to US$50,000 and will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. The Elsevier Foundation will also reserve a percentage of the 2010 grant funding for projects under $15,000. Proposals should be focused and well-defined, and must address each of the following elements in the online application on www.elsevierfoundation.org . The online application form, available in August 2010, will request the following proposal elements:

1 Brief description of the objectives and key activities of the program. Including contact details and the amount of funding requested.
2 Goals and plan: A clear description of the program goals and implementation plan, including timeframe.
3 Innovation: How will the program introduce new ideas, capabilities and/or capacity for the institution or country. How the program would serve as a model for others.
4 Impact: The significance of the program’s intended impact on science, health and society in that country or globally.
5 Sustainability: How will the benefits of the program be sustained after the grant has been expended.
6 Budget: The total amount of the grant requested and justification for the requested amount, including a clear budget overview spreadsheet that indicates in as much detail as possible intended expenditures and other sources of funding, if any.
7 Evaluation: How the program will be measured and evaluated and how its results will be reported.
8 Organization and partnership: A description of the organization requesting the grant, confirmation of its status as a non-profit entity, and a listing of key officers and staff who will direct the implementation of the program. Description of key program partners, if any.
9 Final Report for Awarded Grants: The Elsevier Foundation requires a final report from grantees at the time of completion of funded activities. The report should be both descriptive and evaluative, and include:
- detailed summary of activities during the grant period
- Internal and external media coverage generated
- Photos and videos made
- accounting report of grant expenditures
- assessment of project goals (including level of achievement)

Awards must be submitted online via The Elsevier Foundation’s online grant application proposal system between August 1st and September 15th. 
Awards will be announced in December 2010. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Elsevier Foundation with any questions concerning the development of your proposal.

Elsevier Foundation
Phone: +31-20-485-2025
+1-212-229-4970
foundation@elsevier.com

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