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Australasian Science seeks nominations for the 2005 Australasian Science Prize for outstanding achievement by an Australasian scientist or small research team. The award recognizes world-class science by Australasia’s most inspiring minds. Nominations should comprise a single-page abstract summarizing work conducted by the nominee in Australasia and its relevance to the public. Also naming an independent referee, the nomination should be signed by first and second nominators and the nominee, giving full contact details for all. The deadline is 16 September 2005.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides individual fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (including natural and social sciences) except the performing arts. There are two separate competitions, one for the US and Canada, and the other for Latin America and the Caribbean. Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Applications are due by 1 October 2005 for the US/Canadian competition and by 1 December 2005 for the Latin America/Caribbean competition.
The Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme has announced the October 2005 competition for the Pan Asia Information Communication Technology Research & Development (ICT R&D) Grants. These grants are for projects that find innovative ways to use ICT applications for sustainable development within Asia-Pacific on a national or regional level. Practical and replicable solutions are emphasized. This competition welcomes proposals in several areas, including research and development of innovative ICT applications; research on Internet infrastructure design and performance; development of practical solutions based on the application of proven and readily available Internet technologies; technology-related issues such as broadband connectivity, “last mile innovation,” mobile and wireless technologies for the developing world, and increasing the capacity or efficiency of existing network infrastructures. Interested organizations or institutions from the Asia-Pacific region may apply for either one-year grants for up to US$9,000 or two-year grants for up to US$30,000. The application deadline for this round is 15 October 2005. The grants committee will screen all proposals, and the results will be announced by mid-December 2005. [Source: Bellanet]
The Weizmann Institute of Science sponsors two summer science programs each year for undergraduate, university-level students who have completed at least two years of study. Both of the programs sponsor research visits of 10 weeks up to 4 months. The Karyn Kupcinet International Science School for Overseas Students accepts ~35 students each year from countries around the world, and the Emma and Oscar Getz Summer Science Program for Israeli Students accepts ~35 students each year from within Israel. Overseas students from the Southern Hemisphere may apply by 31 October 2005 for research visits during the winter 2005–2006 program; applications for Israeli and international students to participate in the summer 2006 program are due by 31 January 2006. [Source: GrantsNet]
The US National Academies administers research awards through its Research Associateship Programs (RAP). The programs are sponsored by federal laboratories and NASA Research Centers at over one hundred locations in the US and overseas. The RAP awards are given for the purpose of conducting research at a specific laboratory chosen by the applicant. Researchers within five years of obtaining their doctorate may apply for the Postdoctoral Awards, and those five or more years beyond their doctorate may apply for Senior Awards. Applications for the next quarterly review are due on 1 November 2005. [Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]
The Open Society Institute has issued a call for proposals for the Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET) through its International Higher Education Support Program (HESP). Academic institutions, associations and groups of individuals with demonstrated potential for and commitment to promoting teaching excellence and lending support to regional faculty and departments are invited to submit proposals of multi-year projects to start in 2006. Projects considered for funding will target young faculty teaching in the social sciences and humanities at the undergraduate level in the institutions of higher education in Central, Eastern, Southeastern Europe, the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia. The deadline for 2006 proposals is 15 November 2005.
The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) encourages the organization of high level international and regional scientific activities in developing countries through its Grants for Scientific Meetings Held in Developing Countries. The program normally offers modest travel grants (usually no more than US$3,000) for principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from other developing countries. Grants are offered for meetings in the agricultural, biological, chemical, engineering, geological and medical sciences. Applications for meetings to be held in July–December 2006 are due by 1 December 2005.
The US National Science Foundation is currently accepting applications for the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students (EAPSI) to take place June–August 2006. Participants in the EAPSI program gain: research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan; an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and an orientation to the society, culture and language over a period of eight weeks. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in MS, PhD or MD programs. The application deadline is 13 December 2005.
The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for the next round of research fellowships in fields including the environment and information and communication technology. Young, developing country researchers with a master's degree or equivalent should submit their applications to their country’s National Commission for UNESCO, each of which may then forward a maximum of two applications to UNESCO Headquarters prior to the 13 January 2006 deadline. [Source: SciDev.Net]
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Short-Term Fellowships were designed to help scientists visit another laboratory for one week up to three months in order to use techniques not available in their home institution. Either the laboratory of origin or the receiving host institution must be located in a member state of the European Molecular Biology Conference. These fellowships are not restricted to candidates with a PhD degree or the equivalent, and there is no age limit. Applications are accepted at any time but should ideally be submitted three months before the proposed start date. [Source: GrantsNet]
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Additional Readings of Interest
“Improving Impacts of Research Partnerships”
This recent publication from the Swiss Commission for Research Partnership with Developing Countries (KFPE) is based on analyses of a number of case studies encompassing a wide variety of research partnerships between the North and the South, discussions held during the various workshops and the conclusions derived. The report focuses on potential impacts of such research partnerships beyond the scientific advances, namely attitudinal changes and impacts on capacity-strengthening, society and/or decision-makers. The report is available in English and French. [Source: Bellanet]
“Towards Good Practices of Copyright in Open Access Journals: A Study among Authors of Articles in Open Access Journals”
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This report is the first output of the “JISC-SURF partnering on copyright” project, carried out by the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and SURF, the Dutch higher education and research partnership organization for network services and information and communications technology.
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Fifth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication; Chicago, Illinois, US; 16–18 September 2005
International Seminar on Open Access for Developing Countries; Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; 21–22 September 2005
11th Seminar of Technology Management—ALTEC 2005; Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; 25–28 October 2005
Global Access Project (GAP) Inaugural International Forum; North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia; 29–30 September 2005
Sustainability as Security: Engaging Education, Business, and Technology; Austin, Texas, US; 5–9 October 2005
International Research Cooperation and European Know-How; Brussels, Belgium; 6–7 October 2005
International Sustainability Conference 2005: Strategies for a Sustainable Society; Basel, Switzerland; 13–14 October 2005
CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4); Geneva, Switzerland; 20–22 October 2005
Improving Public Policy to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Africa; 7–8 November 2005
World Science Forum Budapest 2005: Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility; Budapest, Hungary; 10–12 November 2005
2nd HealthWorlds Asia Medical Congress; Singapore; 11–13 November 2005
World Summit on the Information Society; Tunis, Tunisia; 18–19 November 2005
United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 11 and COP/MOP 1); Montréal, Quebec, Canada; 28 November–9 December 2005
3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Development; Kuwait City, Kuwait; 21–23 November 2005
2nd International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society; Hyderabad, India; 12–15 December 2005
New Zealand Bioethics Conference: Making People Better; Dunedin, New Zealand; 10–12 February 2006
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