The Elsevier Fund for Library
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 NGOs.
Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand 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 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 NGOs.
Preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate the following;
(1) => Innovation in improving the use of STM information. (2) => A high degree of potential impact on society in the developing world. (3) => Programs that will serve as models for other institutions and countries. (4) => Programs that enhance international partnerships or exchange between individuals and institutions. (5) => Realistic budgets tied to measurable outcomes. (6) => Sustained financial and programmatic viability. (7) => Programs that have institutional supports. (8) => Programs leaders or institutes with record of past success. (9) => Create and promote collaborative networks across institutions and/or disciplines. (10) => A willingness to draw from the expertise and experience of previous grantees. (11) => Have specific plans for sustainability beyond the funding period. (12) => 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.
Grant Size and terms –
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.
When and where to apply?
Applications may only be submitted online starting from 1 July 2011 through the Elsevier Foundationʼs online application system.
Grant proposals should be submitted online no later than September 15th 2010. Awards will be announced in December 2010.
Proposals should be focused and well-defined, and must address each of the following elements:
1. Cover letter: Provide a one-page description of the objectives and key activities of the program. Include 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. NGO and partnership: A description of the NGO 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.
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