Research in Developing Countries

Research conducted by Elsevier and in the 2015 Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report revealed that that only 2% of sustainability science research output is produced by developing countries, despite the fact that these countries are often the hardest-hit by climate change and resource scarcity. For many low-income countries, this so-called ‘science poverty’ limits their involvement in vital research. The Research in Developing Countries program will seek to redress the balance with four key partnerships designed to widen access to academic knowledge, including:

The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, awarding projects that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest challenges whether in water, sanitation or energy.

A new Research without Borders module with the African Journal Partnership Program, pairing African health and medical journals with leading biomedical journals from the US and UK to build editorial skills through journal mentoring and training.

The TWAS North South Collaboration in Sustainability to boost the creation of sustainability science in developing countries. The 4-year grant will provide support for sustainability themes at annual conferences, including travel fellowships for PhDs, postdocs and visiting professors and fellowships throughout the year.

An expanded Librarians without Borders program to create a cadre of dedicated Research4Life trainers in the North and South. The program promotes the ability of each nation to strengthen and build health sciences information capacity with qualified health sciences librarians, with supporting technological infrastructure, and with access to quality information.


Research in Developing Countries News

Visiting Experts conduct sustainability research in developing countries

January 9th, 2018

Dr. Mirabbos Hojamberdiev, a senior researcher in the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, […]

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TWAS-Elsevier award honours sustainability research

October 18th, 2017

Climate change has been a growing challenge for many of people living around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Hundreds of […]

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Green and sustainable chemistry: an industry in need of a story

July 18th, 2017

Industry leaders weigh in on the future of green and sustainable chemistry and how to tell the public about it […]

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Firsts in African health research: spotlight on Dr. Lucinda Manda Taylor

July 3rd, 2017

One of the first female editors of the African Journal Partnership Program reflects on the challenges and milestones Dr. Lucinda […]

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Contest aims to boost innovation in sustainability research

July 3rd, 2017

TWAS-Elsevier Foundation Sustainability Case Studies Competition announces its 2017 winners, who are all from Africa How do we empower young […]

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Elsevier adds ClinicalKey to Research4Life access program for developing countries

May 26th, 2017

Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in under-resourced communities around the world to receive access to the latest clinical information […]

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Putting ClinicalKey in doctors’ hands through Research4Life’s developing country access

May 26th, 2017

Medical search engine lets doctors and nurses find evidence-based answers while treating patients Pediatric Residents Toua Xiong Gniachue, MD, Phengphet […]

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Winners selected for Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

May 18th, 2017

€75.000 awarded to innovative projects in health & sanitation and bioremediation of polluted soil The winners of the 2017 Elsevier […]

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Winning proposal for Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge improves Malaysian rice paddy yield

May 9th, 2017

Researchers show that using a biopesticide can be safer and more effective than traditional pesticides Rice is an important crop […]

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Cashews to combat mosquitoes? Top 5 proposals for the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

March 20th, 2017

  Nearly 700 proposals were submitted to this year’s Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, jointly run by the […]

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