Elsevier Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls

OVERVIEW: The Elsevier Foundation’s grants for girls and women focus on advancing women in science, technology and math.

IP TAKE: This funder supports women’s empowerment organizations in developing countries.

PROFILE: Established in 2005 the Elsevier Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the global analytics company Elsevier and “[s]upports partnerships to advance diversity in science research in developing countries and global health.” Grantmaking programs include Health & Innovation, Research in Developing Countries, Diversity in STEM and Technology for Development.  

The foundation’s Technology for Development program supports “[p]rojects enabling data scientists to contribute their skills to tackle some of the toughest issues outlined by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.” Among other aims, Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) calls for the end of all forms of discrimination, exploitation and violence against women and girls, as well as, ensuring full economic and political participation of females around the world.

Elsevier grants range widely from $1,000 to over $1 million. The majority of grants fall in the $5,000 to $100,000 range. Past grantees in the women’s empowerment space include Portia, which received funding for its work adopting “[g]ender sensitive approaches,” in innovation and development; and GenderInSite, which received a grant for its work promoting the role of women in science, technology, and engineering. Click here to learn more about a few of the types of global health organizations Elsevier supports.

According to tax filings, the Elsevier Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding, however; its application, eligibility and proposal requirements are unclear. Grantseekers should contact foundation staff for more information.


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