Elsevier Foundation - New Scholars Program

The Elsevier Foundation has released a call for proposals to the New Scholars program, which funds programs aimed at addressing the attrition rate among early- to mid-career female scientists. Multi-year grants (up to three years) can request $5,000 to $50,000 per year for up to $100,000 project total. Preliminary applications will be accepted May 6 to June 17, 2015.

The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity/opportunities:

Elsevier Foundation - New Scholars Program

Single year proposals can request $5,000 to $50,000; multiyear grants (up to three years) can request $5,000 to $50,000 per year for up to $100,000 project total. Foundation provides one, two or three-year grants to STEM institutions and organizations actively working towards equitable academia by:

  • Encouraging networking and collaborations among institutions and/or across STEM disciplines in ways that support the challenges of faculty and staff with family responsibilities
  • Developing and implement strategies for advocacy and policy development to advance knowledge, awareness, and application of programs to retain, recruit and develop women in science
  • Enabling scientists to attend conferences, meetings, workshops and symposia that are critical to the development of a career in science by helping them with childcare and other family responsibilities when attending scientific gatherings

Preference given to proposals that clearly demonstrate:

  • An institutional framework for the advancement of women in science, as evidenced by a strategic plan, policy framework, leadership commitment and/or a program of related activities.
  • Develop innovative program ideas
  • Create and promote collaborative networks across institutions and/or disciplines
  • Develop model programs that will encourage continued efforts to advance women in science
  • Promote partnerships and knowledge sharing among institutions, including between institutions in the developed and developing world
  • A willingness to draw from the expertise and experience of previous New Scholar grantees
  • Smaller grants which draw from established New Scholars program models. Successful case studies are featured in the 2014 Association of Women in Science Book, Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices
  • Address the postdoctoral phase in a researcher’s career
  • 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
  • Describe clear criteria and objectives to be achieved through the grant funding
  • Present realistic budgets tied to outcomes

Preliminary Applications due May 6 to June 17, 2015. 
Application Guidelines: http://www.elsevierfoundation.org/new-scholars/how-to-apply/ 


The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. Email cfr@unc.edu or phone 919.962.3423. 

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