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The Elsevier Foundation Calls For 2014 Innovative Libraries And New Scholars Proposals

BOSTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

June 17   deadline for one-page applications promoting gender equality in academia and capacity building in developing world libraries 

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2014 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programs. The deadline for applications is June 17 2014. Grants will be awarded in December 2014 and provide one, two or three year awards between US$ 5,000 to US$ 50,000 per year for a total of US$100,000. The Elsevier Foundation accepts one-page applications from May 6 through June 17 through http://www.elsevierfoundation.org. Forty shortlisted applications will be invited to submit full proposals by September 3.

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 2014 program priorities include measuring the overall impact of access to information on health, agriculture and the general social and economic wellbeing of a community. Additional focus also goes to professional training enabling librarians to serve as pivotal advocates in their research ecosystems and projects which demonstrate the link between research access, training, usage and health impact.

The New Scholars Program supports projects that 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 and have enabled researchers to attend conferences critical to their careers by assisting with childcare, mentorship and networking. Since 2010 the New Scholars program has also started to focus 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

"This year, as we look for projects to advance women in science and capacity building for libraries in low and middle income countries, we will search for even stronger outcome and impact evaluation," said David Ruth, Executive Director of The Elsevier Foundation. "As our Elsevier Foundation grants often provide that first proof of concept funding, projects should serve as compelling models offering strong multiplier effects."

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