Elsevier Foundation Announces its 2015 Grant Recipients

$600,000 awarded to projects for the Elsevier Foundation's Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars Programs

New York, December 4, 2014

The Elsevier Foundation today announced its 2015 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars Programs. In total $600.000 has been committed for 2015 that will support various multiyear projects in over 20 countries in the developing world. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

Innovative Libraries
The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program awards grants to libraries for innovation in improving access and use of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information. The 2015 library grant recipients address real developing world issues through the use of STM information resources and include:

  • Consumer Health Literacy in African Public Libraries, Network of African Medical Libraries
  • Forig Library: Digitization of Indigenous Knowledge in the Forestry Sector in Ghana, CSIR Forestry Research Institute in Ghana
  • Librarians Without Borders® E-Library Training Initiative, Librarians Without Borders®/ Medical Library Association
  • Transforming Scholarly Communication and Academic Production in Eastern DRC, Université Chretienne Bilingue du Congo
  • Eye Health Information Impact Grant, SEVA Foundation
  • Health Information Research in Uganda, Maria Musoke, Makerere University

New Scholars
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. The 2015 grants include:

  • Career Building Workshops for STEM Women Scientists, Engineering School of Communications of Tunis
  • Sustainability and Water Resource Management in the Tropics, University of Florida, University of Hawaii-Manoa, American Society for Microbiology
  • West Virginia STEM+ Family Travel Initiative, West Virginia University Foundation on Behalf of West Virginia University
  • Physical Anthropologists Women's Initiative, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)

"The programs that have been selected for Elsevier Foundation grants this year continue to break new ground in the areas where the Foundation can most make a difference," said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation. "Grants will go toward initiatives that will build evidence-based public health information, measure the impact of information on health outcomes, leverage indigenous scientific knowledge to foster economic development, and expand career opportunities for women scientists in regions and areas of science that need them most." 

For more information about the 2015 Elsevier Foundation grant recipients, go to: Elsevier Connect.

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About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate not for profit 501C3, funded by Elsevier, a global providerof scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers.  Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 90 grants worth over 5 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. www.ElsevierFoundation.org

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, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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