Elsevier Foundation Invites 2011 Proposals for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program

By Elsevier, PRNE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NEW YORK, May 25, 2011 -

- September 15th Deadline for Grants to Promote Research in the
Developing World

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2011
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. Providing grants to
libraries in the developing world the program aims to improve access to
scientific, technical and medical information through innovative systems and

During the past five years 25 grants have been awarded worth millions of
dollars to capacity-building library projects in the fields of science,
technology and medicine - through training, education, infrastructure,
digitization and preservation of information. The deadline for Innovative
Libraries proposals is September 15th 2011. Grants will be awarded in
December 2011 and provide one, two and three year awards between US$5,000 to
per year. The online Elsevier Foundation application program will
accept proposals from July 1st through to September 15th on

"The Innovative Libraries program has funded a very compelling range of
programs, ranging from innovative health information delivery through
telemedicine to the preservation and accessibility of critical primary source
content," said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation,
"The innovations proposed are growing year by year, demonstrating the
creativity and drive to create tailored library research environments in
developing countries. We have every expectation that we'll see high quality
proposals this year that will again demonstrate the power of libraries to
contribute to development."

About The Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to institutions around the world,
with a focus on support for the world's libraries and for scholars in the
early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has
awarded more than 60 grants worth millions 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. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by
Elsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. www.elsevierfoundation.org

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher 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 (www.thelancet.com/) and
Cell (www.cell.com/), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com/), SciVerse Scopus
(www.scopus.com/), Reaxys (www.reaxys.com/), MD Consult
(www.mdconsult.com/) and Nursing Consult (
www.nursingconsult.com/), which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (www.scival.com/) and
MEDai's Pinpoint Review (www.medai.com/), which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
(www.elsevier.com/), employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (www.reedelsevier.com/), 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

                     Elsevier Foundation Program Guidelines
                  Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries
                Call for Proposals Deadline: September 15th 2011

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

- 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
other non-profit organizations.

Preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate the

- Innovation in improving the use of STM information

- A high degree of potential impact on society in the developing world

- Programs that will serve as models for other institutions and countries

- Programs that enhance international partnerships or exchange between
individuals and institutions

- Realistic budgets tied to measurable outcomes

- Sustained financial and programmatic viability

- Programs that have institutional supports

- Programs leaders or institutes with record of past success

- Create and promote collaborative networks across institutions and/or

- A willingness to draw from the expertise and experience of previous

- Have specific plans for sustainability beyond the funding period.

- 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

Innovative Libraries Guidelines

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. Grant proposals
should be submitted online no later than September 15th 2011. Awards will be
announced in December 2011. Proposals should be focused and well-defined, and
must address each of the following elements:

- Cover letter: Provide a one-page description of the objectives and key
activities of the program. Include contact details and the amount of funding

- Goals and plan: A clear description of the program goals and
implementation plan, including timeframe.

- 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.

- Impact: The significance of the program's intended impact on science,
health and society in that country or globally.

- Sustainability: How will the benefits of the program be sustained after
the grant has been expended.

- 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.

- Evaluation: How the program will be measured and evaluated and how its
results will be reported.

- Organization and partnership: A description of the organization
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.

- Length: Applications may only be submitted online through the Elsevier
Foundation's online application system.

- Final Report for Awarded Grants: The Elsevier Foundation requires a
final report from grantees at the time of completion of funded activities.
The report should be both descriptive and evaluative, and include:

- Detailed summary of activities during the grant period

- Internal and external media coverage generated

- Accounting report of grant expenditures

- Assessment of project goals (including level of achievement)

Awards must be submitted online via The Elsevier Foundation's
(www.elsevierfoundation.org/) online grant application proposal system
between July 1st and September 15th.

Awards will be announced in December 2011. Please don't hesitate to
contact the Elsevier Foundation with any questions concerning the development
of your proposal.

    The Elsevier Foundation
    360 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10010 USA
    Phone: +31-20-485-2025 3965
    Email: foundation@elsevier.com

    Ylann Schemm
    Elsevier Foundation


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