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The infoDev Incubator Initiative aims to enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and competitiveness of small business communities in developing countries. Proposals for planning, capacity building and operational grants of US$30,000–500,000 for business incubators and support organizations in developing countries are being solicited, and the deadline is January 20, 2004. Support organizations include non-profit centers for business development, science and technology parks, consortiums involving the above-mentioned types of organizations, and groups and networks of existing incubators. [Source: Digital Dividend Digest]
The Development Gateway Foundation is accepting nominations for the Petersberg Prize, recognizing the most exemplary contribution in the field of information and communication technologies for development during the past ten years. The winner will receive a €100,000 prize, and nominations are due February 1, 2004. For more information, see the award program's Web site or send an e-mail to email@example.com. The same foundation is also accepting proposals for Implementation Grants under its Grants and Investments Program. These grants will assist country-level Development Gateway partners in implementing their own Country Gateways. Applications are due February 2, 2004. [Source: Bellanet]
The Fogarty International Center's International Research Scientist Development Award is for U.S. biomedical or behavioral scientists at the postdoctoral level who seek an opportunity to continue research in, or extend their research experience into, developing countries. It provides awardees with a period of mentored research as part of an established collaboration between a U.S. sponsor and leading scientists at a developing country center of scientific excellence. Applications must be received by February 13, 2004. To learn more about this program, either see the program Web site or contact Rachel Nugent.
Students around the world have until February 28, 2004 to form international teams and submit initial applications for the Mondialogo Engineering Award. The objective of this award is to promote
intercultural dialogue and cooperation between educational engineering institutions in developing and developed countries. Students from the fields of engineering and technology are invited to jointly develop and submit ideas and solutions from one of eleven topics. The projects should: help to advance the technological infrastructures of developing countries; demonstrate excellence in the application of engineering; help to improve living conditions by addressing basic needs such as the provision of water, food and medical services or the creation of housing; and correspond with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, particularly those of poverty eradication and sustainable development.
UNESCO’s Space Education Program, EURISY, and the Norwegian Space Center have announced three "space" contests for schoolchildren worldwide. The monthly Children’s Art Competition is for 6–10 year-olds, the Essay Contest is for 11–15 year-olds, and the Science Fiction Writing Contest is for 16–19 year-olds. Deadlines for the latter two contests are in April 2004. [Source: A World of Science Newsletter]
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Latin American Workshop II: Strengthening Editors and Scientists Capabilities in
Electronic Publishing; Valparaíso, Chile; January 14–15, 2004.
Biological Sciences, Development and Society; Cairo, Egypt; January 18–22, 2004.
Engineering and Scientific Publishing—Relationships and Issues for the Now and the Future; Washington DC, U.S.; February 11–12, 2004.
World Congress on Natural Disaster Mitigation; New
Delhi, India; February 19–21, 2004.
For more information on any of the programs mentioned in this newsletter, please contact:
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
P. O. Box 13975, 3106 East NC Highway 54
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
Telephone: +1-919-549-4691 or +1-919-547-5246