Grant Guidelines for the New Scholars Program

2013 New Scholars grants have been awarded in December. Updated guidelines and instructions for 2014 proposals will be published here soon. Please note that the first proposal round for 2014 grants will be in May.

The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers. New Scholars seeks to actively address the attrition rate of talented women scientists caused by work-life balance issues. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to STEM institutions and organizations actively working towards a more 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 will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate the following;

  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional 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 $50,000 per year for a project total of $100,000.

Please note that in 2013 we are following a two step application process  to streamline the submission and review process. Brief first round applications will be accepted through June 24th through the Foundation’s online application system. In early July shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for a full proposal is September 3rd.  Grant recipients will be announced in December 2013.

Round 1 Applications: May 6th — June 24th

Preliminary, Round 1 submissions should be focused and well-defined, and address the following elements through a 1 page online application.

  • Objectives: Provide a description of the objectives and key activities of the program.
  • Goals and plan: A clear description of the program goals and implementation plan, including timeframe.
  • 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.

Round 2 Full Proposals: July 3th — September 3th

Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified in July and asked to expand their proposals by September 3nd. Proposals should demonstrate the following elements:

  • 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.

Please Note: Awards must be submitted online via The Elsevier Foundation’s online grant application proposal system All first round applications must be submitted online via The Elsevier Foundation’s online grant application proposal system. 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
Email: foundation@elsevier.com