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The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking comments from the public on ways to improve the "efficiency, effectiveness and accountability" of U.S. science funding. They are collecting information to assist the Subcommittee on Research Business Models in setting agendas for a series of regional workshops in the Fall of 2003 to solicit input and feedback from the research community. Comments are due by September 22, 2003. [Source: SPARC Open Access Newsletter]
Nominations are being accepted until September 26, 2003 of non-Mexican nationals in Iberoamerica (Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal) for the Mexican Science and Technology Prize 2003. Scientific and academic institutions in the above-mentioned countries may nominate individuals for the 440,000 Mexican peso award. The full announcement is available online in Spanish. [Source: SciDev.Net]
Two programs from the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have a deadline of October 1, 2003. The TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research and Advanced Training allow young researchers from developing country institutions to spend 6-12 months at a research institution in another developing country. The ICSU-TWAS-UNESCO Visiting Scientist Program enables host institutions in developing countries to invite internationally renowned experts in areas of science other than math and physics to lecture for one month or longer.
The competition for Canada-U.S. Fulbright Awards is now open for Canadian students, scholars and professionals wishing to study, conduct research and/or teach at an academic institution in the United States. Applications from Canadian candidates must be post-marked no later than November 15, 2003 for consideration for the academic year beginning September 2004. American students must submit completed application forms to the Institute for International Education's New York office by October 21, 2003, and interested American scholars should contact the
Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
The Pirelli Internetional Award is an Internet multimedia award for the diffusion of scientific and technological culture worldwide. Awards are granted every calendar year to the best multimedia presentations that concern one of three main themes for the diffusion of science and technology: multimedia oriented toward education, the environment, and the enabling information and communication technologies that package, deliver, present and define multimedia itself. More than €100,000 will be awarded in prizes. Submissions for the 2004 award must be received by December 31, 2003.
The X PRIZE is a competition to promote the space tourism industry. The US$10,000,000 prize will be awarded to the first team to privately build and launch a spaceship able to carry three people to an altitude of 100 km, return safely to Earth and repeat the launch with the same ship within two weeks.
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Sigma Xi's 2003 Forum - Science & Engineering: Keys to International Understanding; November 12-13, 2003.
Global Access to UK Research: Removing the Barriers; London, UK; November 20, 2003.
CORDIA EuropaBio Convention 2003; Vienna, Austria; December 2-4, 2003.
Global Forum for Health Research Forum 7; Geneva, Switzerland; December 2-5, 2003.
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