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UNESCO is currently accepting proposals for projects to be funded by its Information for All Programme (IFAP). IFAP supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools for building inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and for narrowing the gap between the information rich and the information poor. Proposals with budgets ranging from approximately US$25,000 (national projects) to US$45,000 (international projects) should cover one of three areas: information literacy, preservation of information, and ethical, legal and societal implications of the information society. Applications must be submitted online no later than 20 February 2005. [Source: Digital Dividend Resource Marketplace]
The goal of the 2005 American Chemical Society (ACS) International Initiatives program is to provide professional development opportunities for chemical scientists (chemists, biochemists, materials scientists, etc.) and chemical engineers, either in-country or in the U.S., and build ACS’s relationships with analogous organizations in Latin America and Africa. Applications may be submitted by any researcher in the chemical sciences and engineering who resides in one of the eligible countries (Bahamas, Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela). Types of activities eligible for funding include: visits by international chemical scientists to U.S. laboratories, and as a second priority, visits by U.S. chemical scientists to eligible countries to offer short courses. Scientists residing outside the U.S. are not required to be ACS members to apply to the program. The application deadline is 1 March 2005.
The American Society for Microbiology offers several training, travel and research awards for researchers in the microbiological sciences who are from the Global South. The earliest deadline is 1 March 2005, and complete details for all of the programs are available online.
Student researchers around the world are eligible to apply for Sigma Xi’s modest, competitively awarded Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR). Anyone can apply, but there are some funds that are restricted to membership; to have access to all of the possible funds, either the students or their advisors need to be Sigma Xi members. The next deadline for applications is 15 March 2005, and the application is currently available online. For further information about this program, please see the Web site or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leverhulme Trust’s Research Project Grants enable established scholars at eligible institutions to obtain salary support for one or more researchers to work on a specific and discrete research project proposed by the applicant. Grants of up to £500,000 for projects up to five years are awarded three times per year in all fields except social policy and welfare, medicine, and school education. Applicants must be employed at an eligible institution of higher education or charity either in the U.K. or in a developing country. Initial applications are accepted throughout the year, but the deadlines for full applications are 21 March, 1 September and 1 December each year.
TWAS, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and illycaffè, a premier coffee producer founded and based in Trieste, Italy, have launched the Trieste Science Prize. The prize, which carries a US$50,000 cash award, is designed to honor the most eminent scientists in the developing world. The first two prizes will be awarded in 2005 in the fields of physics and biology. In subsequent years, prizes will be given in the fields of mathematics and medical sciences (2006), chemical and agricultural sciences (2007), and earth and engineering sciences (2008). Candidates must be nationals of developing countries, working and living in the Global South. Selected individuals (including TWAS members) from science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions may submit nominations, which must be received by 31 March 2005.
The Pirelli Relativity Challenge 2005 is a contest to mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s paper on the Special Relativity Theory. A prize of €25,000 will be awarded to the best multimedia work that explains this theory to the layperson. Submissions must be sent before 31 March 2005.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2005 Tech Museum Awards. These awards honor innovators and visionaries from around the world who are applying technology to profoundly improve the human condition in the categories of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development. At the Awards Gala each fall, five Laureates in each category are honored, and $250,000 in cash prizes are awarded. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. Nominated candidates are then invited to submit applications. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2005 awards is 4 April 2005.
The University Exchange Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) aims to support exchange and collaboration between Swiss universities or educational institutions and research institutions in developing or transitional countries. Grants of up to CHF 20,000 can cover a portion of the travel and daily expenses in Switzerland or the host country for a period of ten days up to four months. Requests must be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the project, at any time throughout the year.
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Asia Biotech Forum 2005: Embracing the Journey to Success in Asia’s Booming Biotech Sector; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3–4 February 2005
Advancing Science and Society Interactions; Seville, Spain; 3–5 February 2005
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2005 Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C., USA; 17–21 February 2005
CAIRO 9th International Conference on Energy & Environment; Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; 13–19 March 2005
4th Science Centre World Congress, “Science Centres: Breaking Barriers, Engaging Citizens”; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 10–14 April 2005
Science for Sale? The Public Communication of Science in a Corporate World; Cornell, New York, USA; 15–17 April 2005
European Association of Information Services (EUSIDIC) Spring Meeting 2005: Communicating Business Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Knowledge; Brussels, Belgium; 17–19 April 2005
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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
P. O. Box 13975, 3106 East NC Highway 54
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
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