Grant Guidelines for the New Scholars Program

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.
  • 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.

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 the Foundation uses a two step application process to streamline the submission and review process. First round applications will be accepted through June 17th through the Foundation’s online application system. In early July, shortlisted candidates will be announced and invited to submit a full proposal by September 3rd. Grant recipients will be announced in December 2014.

Round 1 Applications: May 6th — June 17th, 2014

Preliminary, Round 1 submissions should be focused and well-defined, and address the following elements:

  • 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 1st — September 3rd, 2014

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.

All first round applications must be submitted via The Elsevier Foundation’s online grant application proposal system by June 17th, 2014. Please do not hesitate to contact the Elsevier Foundation with any questions concerning the development of your proposal. We can only accept proposals written in English.

Contact: Ylann Schemm, Elsevier Foundation Program Director
Phone: +31-20-485-2025 or +1 212 633 3933
Postal address: The Elsevier Foundation, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, USA