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The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Our programs advance women in science, encourage underserved youth to choose STEM careers, and widen access to academic knowledge for scientists in developing countries.

Our Awards


The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge

The Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge awards projects that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the Global South’s greatest challenges — supporting UN SDG13, Climate Action.

Climate change is the most important challenge for the future of our planet, affecting every country on every continent, and it is essential that we take action. It is not only causing rising sea levels and changing weather patterns, but is also disrupting national economies and affecting lives: and chemical sciences play a critical role in developing a sustainable future.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Our partnerships

Diversity in STM

Partnership Opportunities for Women in Water Research and Engineering in Africa (POWWER)

Partnership Opportunities for Women in Water Research and Engineering in Africa (POWWER) is led by the COACh organization at University of Oregon. Its aim is to offer African women the opportunity of maximizing their effectiveness in tackling water challenges in their home countries.

Black Girls Code's CODE Girl Club

Black Girls Code’s new CODE Girl Club, set in Philadelphia (US), will provide participants with intensive training sessions to develop skills sets through an effective, culturally-sensitive, community focused STEM curriculum, and additionally provides soft skills training and core community building to foster deeper personal transformation, professional growth, and community ties for girls of color.

In Amsterdam, the IMC Weekend School works to foster the future of science and help underserved children get greater exposure to science and health education – both encouraging STM careers and promoting positive professional role models.

Imperial College London’s “White City Maker Challenge” offers kids from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, after-school and mentoring.

The Pre – G3: The Elsevier Foundation Data Analytics Preparatory Program is run with Girls’ Inc of New York. The program aims to offer girls tangible skills at a lower developmental level to prepare them for the concepts they will encounter in the high school programs.

Nonprofits don’t always realize the power of the data they have and how it can provide insights into their goals. Datakind’s DataDives are weekend events matching data scientists with social sector experts, working to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Research in Developing Countries

Research without Borders

The Research without Borders module with the African Journal Partnership Program pairs African health journals with leading biomedical journals from the US and UK to build editorial skills through journal mentoring and training.


The Librarians without Borders program supports Research4Life trainers, promotes strong health sciences information capacity and assist librarians – through technological infrastructure and access to quality information.


The Research4Life eLearning Program program with the Food and Agriculture Organization with the UN expands Research4Life support for research capacity building from in person trainings to include an online distance learning course for developing country researchers.



Recognition and visibility can make a world of difference to scientists just starting out.

Through her research and science diplomacy, an environmental chemist is changing the narrative in her native Ghana.

In Mongolia, the COVID-19 lockdown has created an usual problem for professors and their students.

Responsibility landed early on the shoulders of Dr Imalka Munaweera. As the eldest of four children, she would care for her three younger brothers and encourage them with their schoolwork.

When Dr Ghada Dushaq was a child, nothing was safe from her prying mind and fingers. If there was a remote control on the coffee table, she would take it apart to figure out how it worked.

Since 2013, the program has awarded and helped elevate the careers of 45 women researchers from 20 countries in the fields of biology, engineering and the physical sciences.

They come from developing countries around the world, and their research is transforming the world we live in. This year’s researchers are in the physical, chemical and mathematical sciences.

For its 15th anniversary, the Elsevier Foundation has added Race & Ethnicity partnerships to support STEM diversity and combat health disparities Supporting Black girls in technology. Awarding Green & Sustainable Chemistry prizes Helping develop nursing apps in East Africa. Hosting […]

Inequities in academic research are manifested in many different ways: from the low proportion of women who are tenured professors, to the extremely low rates of grants awarded to researchers who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in […]

2020 has witnessed significant challenges for the non-profit sector, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has stroke at the beginning of the year, continuing to pose significant threats for people worldwide. We have conducted a survey to gain a better understanding […]