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Submissions open for Altmetric annual research grant 2017
- 23 Mar 2017

Data Science company Altmetric has announced that applications for its annual research grant are now open. First launched in 2016, the grant provides up to 1,500 ($1,900 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider scholarly agenda.

The grant aims to support projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, and is open globally to academics, researchers and librarians interested in doing research in the altmetrics space.

All applications for the 2017 grant will be reviewed by a panel of research experts that includes Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships&Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science; Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science; Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric; and Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research&Education at Altmetric. Grantees will be announced on May 16, 2017.

Applications can be submitted between now and 11pm BST on April 21, 2017. A detailed submission guide and template is available on the Altmetric website.

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EBSCO Information Services to fund EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge
- 06 Mar 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program will award $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face.

A total of $100,000 will be awarded to multiple institutions-grants between $5,000 and $20,000 each. The EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded to projects that leverage the FOLIO codebase and address current opportunities in library technology. Grant winners also may have the opportunity to take part in a startup incubator program designed to support the creation of tools for academic libraries.

In June 2016, the FOLIO project was announced to bring together libraries and service providers looking to reshape the future of libraries and develop new technologies. This community-based project, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, provides a platform for libraries, service providers and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects and develop new applications that extend the library into new areas.

EBSCO is among the funders of the FOLIO project and is contributing resources to the development of the FOLIO library services platform (LSP). The Innovation Challenge is looking for apps that will change the way libraries interact with end users, faculty, and other departments. The goal is to extend the services libraries provide and improve the library workflow as well as how they serve their users.

Winning proposals will be designed to support academic libraries and will advance the adoption of FOLIO as a platform, support new services, and extend the library into new areas; solve a problem for libraries, not just a given institution; and provide innovation in a current area of library technology.

The FOLIO code and documentation is available at http://dev.folio.org. EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded between July 2017 and April 2018. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals early at foliogrants@ebsco.com. Additional information is provided in an FAQ on the website.

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Loughborough University London receives research funding from UKIERI for development of healthcare Internet of Things platform
- 17 Feb 2017

Loughborough University London has been awarded research funding from the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to build a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform for use in healthcare.

IoT platforms connect devices, allowing them to collect and use data. Examples include smart fridges that alert owners when food supplies are running low or thermostats that learn about heating habits in the home in order to conserve energy.

The three-year UKIERI award, led by Yogachandran Rahulamathavan of the University's Institute for Digital Technologies (IDT), will enable IoT platforms to be created that interact with people who need round-the-clock assistance, using sensors to measure movement, location and body functions such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

An initial pilot testing phase will see patients in care homes from the states of West Bengal and Orissa (renamed Odisha in 2011) in India recruited in order to study chronic diseases, with IoT services tailored to respond to the socio-cultural differences across regions.

The framework will be extended to analyse real-time physiological data from patients equipped with wireless devices whilst travelling in ambulances, before focusing on the development of a secure infrastructure for data collection and an interface which empowers users and protects the privacy of participants.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Digital Technologies and IIT Kharagpur, supported by City University of London, eSmart Saving Ltd UK and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Digital Science unveils new module of its global grants database, Dimensions
- 25 Jan 2017

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has unveiled a new module of its global grants database, Dimensions.

The Dimensions database, containing information on millions of completed and ongoing research projects with over $1 trillion USD in global research funding, will be made available directly to researchers for the very first time. Users will be able to see how their work fits into the bigger picture of funded research within a specific discipline.

Dimensions is already being used by university administrators and research offices across the globe to inform research development decisions. This new version of the platform, available via site license access, enables researchers themselves to understand new trends as they emerge and to see the research activity in their field unfold in real-time. Users can monitor future research trends - a huge advantage over publication databases which only reflect the achievements from the past; identify potential new collaborators; compare the most up-to-date activity across institutions, subjects and funders around the world; and see built in visualisations and advanced search tools that offer new and instant insights from the data.

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EBSCO Solar grant program 2017 - Two $100,000 grants available for libraries looking to go green
- 23 Jan 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has renewed its commitment to helping libraries 'go green' by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.

In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of 'brown power' the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO's environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of 'going green' on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant for libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays.

In 2016, Austin Community College District's Highland Campus Library in Austin, Texas was awarded the first EBSCO Solar grant, a single grant providing up to $150,000 for the installation of a solar array on the campus library's roof. Nearly 80 libraries submitted entries for the grant. The expanded 2017 grant is designed to reach more libraries interested in reducing their environmental footprint.

More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar including the timeline, submission form and FAQs. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by April 28th, and the winner will be announced on June 23th, 2017 both online and at ALA-Annual.

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