Elsevier Foundation Awards 2012 Grants to Champion Libraries in Developing Countries and Women in Science

  Elsevier Foundation Awards 2012 Grants to Champion Libraries in Developing
                        Countries and Women in Science

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, December 11, 2012

AMSTERDAM, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

$650,000 awarded to Innovative Libraries, New Scholars and Nurse Faculty

The Elsevier Foundation announced today the 2012 grant recipients for the
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars award programs.
In total, $650,000 has been committed to eight institutions around the world
in addition to five ongoing multiyear grants and the Nurse Faculty program.
The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier , a global provider of
scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

"The Elsevier Foundation supports projects for their potential to serve as a
model with lasting impact on our health and science communities," said David
Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation and Senior Vice President
Global Communications, Elsevier. "This year, we've chosen compelling
proposals which address information literacy, research capacity building,
women scientists' professional development and stemming postdoc attrition." 

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 information. The 2012 library grant recipients address real
developing world issues through the use of STM information resources and

  *E-Library Training Initiative in Latin America & Asia, MLA/Librarians
    Without Borders
  *Enhancing Access to Research in Central and West Africa, Information
    Training & Outreach Centre for Africa, ITOCA
  *Strengthening evidenced based healthcare in Tanzania, Muhimbili University
    of Health and Allied Sciences , Tanzania
  *Nepal Knowledge Nexus, Dhulikhel Hospital

"The Elsevier Foundation grant will enable us to address the critical need for
capacity building and information literacy to boost Africa's participation in
the global research community," said Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director,
Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), "Making research
available is one step-another vital step is ensuring that we help build
researchers' information literacy skills. This will ensure that this critical
knowledge-sharing process is ultimately sustainable. Our project will empower
the research community from this region to also contribute and share their
innovations and research with the rest of the world."

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 2012 grants

  *The National Postdoc-Societies Collaboration to Boost Retention of Women
    Postdocs National Postdoctoral Association
  *National Assessments in Gender and Science, Technology and Innovation,
    Women in Global Science and Technology ( WISAT )
  *The Appalachian Women Scientists program, Appalachian State University
  *The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the
    Developing World, TWAS and OWSD

"The postdoctoral position is a critical transition point when the numbers of
women researchers decline significantly," noted Cathee Johnson Phillips,
Executive Director of the National Postdoctoral Association. "The National
Postdoctoral Association has been working to provide resources that foster the
academic career advancement of women postdocs, and with the generous support
of the Elsevier Foundation, we will be able to build on that effort with
professional societies and associations."

In 2012, the Elsevier Foundation's Nurse Faculty Program continued to support
a multiyear grant to Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing to
develop an 18 month leadership academy and alleviate the nursing faculty
shortage through retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the
faculty role.

About The Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global
provider of 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 60 grants worth millions of
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.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing
Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals,
and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world-leading
publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier
PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL
(London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

                           The Elsevier Foundation

              2012 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

                                 Grant Awards

Enhancing access to research for academic and research institutions in Central
and West Africa, Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa, ITOCA , 
South Africa

This Elsevier Foundation grant addresses a very real problem - how to
encourage more institutions in West and Central Africa to register for and
make use of the 18,000 international journals, books and databases that are
now freely available through Research4Life . Out of 7,000 institutions
registered for Research4Life, 3,000 are from Sub-Saharan Africa, but less than
300 have registered from Angola, Chad, DR Congo, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Niger,
Liberia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. ITOCA, an African NGO will
deliver experienced and focused outreach, community-building and information
literacy training which will ensure that researchers and higher education
students can fully benefit from these free resources.

E-Library Training Initiative in Asia and  Latin America , MLA/Librarians
Without Borders

Through a grant from the Elsevier Foundation, the MLA/Librarians Without
BordersĀ® (MLA/LWB) program will provide critical information literacy training
supporting the usage high quality STM information in low use Asian and Latin
American areas. Since 2008, MLA/LWB has created multi-language, online
distance learning courses, cross program and discipline training and
train-the-trainer sessions across the developing world. This project will
have strong multiplier effects as the training and instructional material
developed will be shared by users at all Research4Life eligible institutions.

Nepal  Knowledge Nexus, Dhulikhel Hospital   /  Kathmandu University
School  of Medical Sciences

In Nepal, 57% of the population lives on less than $3 a day. Despite
Research4Life eligibility, access to and usage of medical literature is
inadequate due to a lack of infrastructure and expertise. Dhulikhel Hospital
(DH) and Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS) have a unique
reach across Nepal, providing health care degrees and extended care to 12
affiliated health centers and 20 community outreach centers in rural areas.
The proposed multi-purpose learning facility will not only allow students and
staff from DH/KUSMS to access Research4Life, but also staff at the rural
centers across Nepal. Basic telemedicine capabilities with specialists at
DH/KUSMS will further improve the quality of health services at these rural
centers. This project has the potential to go far beyond a small
infrastructure building grant to provide serious research on the effect of
enabling access to major scientific, technical and medical information
resources and how this affects health outcomes and the shift from print
textbooks to online journals.

Strengthening professional ' s skills in evidence based health care in
Tanzania, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences , Tanzania

Over the past ten years, access to critical health research has vastly
improved across Africa, but this has yet translated into improved patient
outcomes on a comprehensive scale. Today most patients in Tanzania benefit
from medical treatment, but would benefit far more if health professionals
provided care based on the latest scientific knowledge now available to them.
With a grant from the Elsevier Foundation, Muhimibili University aims to build
the skills and awareness necessary to create an evidence-based medical
treatment culture across Tanzania. The training process will be matched with a
national study measuring the results of providing information access and EBHC
training, and to correlate these to changes in health care practices and
eventually to health care outcomes.

                           The Elsevier Foundation

                        2011 New Scholars Grant Awards

The National Postdoc-Societies Collaboration to Boost Retention of Women
Scientists, National Postdoctoral Association

The postdoctoral training period represents a critical transition point in the
academic pipeline where the numbers of women scientists and engineers decline
significantly. While the relative number of women decreases at every step
along a research career path, the heaviest attrition occurs before tenure
track and in the fields with the largest numbers of postdocs. Through a grant
from the Elsevier Foundation, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) will
tackle this loss of talent through a targeted collaboration with scientific
societies to produce a postdoc guidebook for navigating the academic pipeline.
The NPA is a non-profit with an excellent track record of enhancing the
quality of the postdoc experience and thereby maximizing the effectiveness of
the research community.

National Assessments in Gender and Science, Technology and Innovation in 
Latin America , WISAT

The Gender Equality Knowledge Society (GEKS) indicator framework was developed
after studies showed that women, particularly in the developing world,
continue to be on the wrong side of the digital and innovation divides. Women
generally experience lower levels of access to information and technology, and
are poorly represented in education, entrepreneurship and employment in
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Gaps in women's access to
resources, opportunities, rights, education, financing, as well as S&T,
greatly diminish the potential of a country to achieve progress, reduce
poverty, and improve the overall quality of life. This Elsevier Foundation
grant follows a 2010 gender-benchmarking grant supporting the assessment of
five countries with highly accelerated growth in the research arena: South
Korea, India, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa. The new gender benchmarking
studies will provide a Latin American regional focus covering: Argentina,
Chile and Mexico.

The Appalachian Women Scientists program, Appalachian State University

Women scientists often choose to work at smaller institutions because they
consider these institutions more family-friendly. However, while they may
enjoy better work-life balance, they also have heavier teaching loads, smaller
salaries, less internal funding for professional travel and early-career
research; weaker on-campus research laboratories, computing and administrative
infrastructure. Institutions with fewer faculty members also offer fewer
mentors and role models for women scientists, fewer potential collaborators
for scientists in highly-specialized fields, and less peer support for
early-career scientists who may be the only women (and/or mothers) within
their departments. By providing low cost financial, mentoring, and social
support for these women scientists and documenting the return on investment in
terms of promotion, tenure attainment, retention, and research productivity.
Through a grant from the Elsevier Foundation, the Appalachian Women Scientists
program will help ensure that women scientists can choose to work at a smaller
institution for work-life balance reasons without stunting their research

The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the
Developing World, TWAS   and OWSD

A grant from the Elsevier Foundation has ensured that an awards program for
the recognition of women scientists in the developing world is feasible
through 2015. In partnership with TWAS, the academy of sciences for the
developing world, (TWAS) and the Organization for Women for Science in the
Developing World (OWSD), the awards provide a deep focus on discipline and
professional visibility. The five region-specific annual prizes will rotate
between life sciences (2013), chemistry and physics/math and provide
professional exposure at the annual American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) conference in February. Nominations are accepted from early
career scientists (within ten years of graduating with a PhD degree) from the
81 countries with low scientific output as defined by TWAS . They will be
reviewed by a committee of distinguished life scientists chaired by OWSD
president, Prof. Fang Xin. The 2013 award winners will receive their awards at
the annual AAAS, Gender and Minorities Networking Event in Boston in February

Media contact Ylann Schemm Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier
+31(0)20-485-2025 newsroom@elsevier.com
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