Elsevier Foundation Invites 2011 Proposals for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program

New York, 25 May 2011 – The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2011 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. Providing grants to libraries in the developing world the program aims to improve access to scientific, technical and medical information through innovative systems and services.

During the past five years 25 grants have been awarded worth millions of dollars to capacity-building library projects in the fields of science, technology and medicine – through training, education, infrastructure, digitization and preservation of information. The deadline for Innovative Libraries proposals is September 15th 2011. Grants will be awarded in December 2011 and provideone, two and three year awards between US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. The online Elsevier Foundation application program will accept proposals from July 1st through to September 15th on www.elsevierfoundation.org.

 “The Innovative Libraries program has funded a very compelling range of programs, ranging from innovative health information delivery through telemedicine to the preservation and accessibility of critical primary source content,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation, “The innovations proposed are growing year by year, demonstrating the creativity and drive to create tailored library research environments in developing countries. We have every expectation that we’ll see high quality proposals this year that will again demonstrate the power of libraries to contribute to development.”

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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 60 grants worth millions 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.  www.elsevierfoundation.org

Elsevier Foundation Program Guidelines
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

Call for Proposals Deadline: September 15th 2011

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

• Create and promote collaborative networks across institutions and/or disciplines.

• A willingness to draw from the expertise and experience of previous grantees

• Have specific plans for sustainability beyond the funding period.

• Embody plans for dissemination beyond the awardee organization of policies, procedures, and “lessons learned” that are developed during the funding period.

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.

Innovative Libraries Guidelines
Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between US$5,000 to US$50,000. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. Grant proposals should be submitted online no later than September 15th 2011. Awards will be announced in December 2011. Proposals should be focused and well-defined, and must address each of the following elements:

Awards must be submitted online via The Elsevier Foundation’s online grant application proposal system between July 1st and September 15th. 

Awards will be announced in December 2011. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Elsevier Foundation with any questions concerning the development of your proposal.

The Elsevier Foundation
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010 USA

Phone: +31-20-485-2025 3965 
Email: foundation@elsevier.com

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries. www.elsevier.com