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Elsevier Foundation seeks grant proposals for New Scholars and Innovative Libraries programs

Programs promote gender equality in academia or build capacity in developing-world libraries

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking grant proposals for the 2013 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programs. The deadline for applications is June 24Grants will be awarded in December and will provide one-, two- and three-year awards between $ 5,000 to $ 50,000 per year for a total of $ 100,000.

The Elsevier Foundation will accept one- page applications until June 24 through its website: elsevierfoundation.org. Forty shortlisted applications will be invited to submit full proposals by September 3.

Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program

[caption id="attachment_22602" align="alignright" width="400"]Learn about the Innovative Libraries in Developing program and apply here. Learn about the Innovative Libraries program and apply here.[/caption] The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program provides grants to libraries in the developing world to improve access to scientific, technical and medical information. The 2013 program priorities include:
  • Professional librarian training that enables librarians to serve as pivotal advocates in their research ecosystems
  • Projects that demonstrate the link between research access, training, usage and health impact.
  • Projects that demonstrate a strong outcomes evaluation and have the potential for a strong model or multiplier effect.

New Scholars program

The New Scholars program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists.

Recent grants have promoted institutional research, advocacy and policy development to retain, recruit and develop women in science. They have enabled researchers to attend conferences critical to their careers by assisting with childcare, mentorship and networking. [caption id="attachment_22600" align="alignright" width="400"]Learn about the New Scholars program and apply here. Learn about the New Scholars program and apply here.[/caption]

Since 2010, the New Scholars program has also focused on the developing world through support of recognition awards and national gender-benchmarking research mapping the opportunities and obstacles faced by women in science, technology and innovation.

“Since 2007, we have been able to fund and partner with an impressive and diverse range of projects to build capacity in developing world libraries and advance women in science,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation. “The Elsevier Foundation grant often serves as critical seed funding to get innovative projects off the ground. We can’t wait to see what great new ideas have emerged over the past year.” [divider] [caption id="attachment_16078" align="alignleft" width="168"]Ylann Schemm Ylann Schemm[/caption]

The Author

Ylann Schemm (@ylannschemm) manages Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, which focuses on advancing women in science and developing research access in the developing world. She also oversees the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program which supports projects to expand the participation of women in STEM and the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program with capacity-building projects in science, technology and medicine.


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