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Grants now open to support Research4Life training activities

By Lenny Rhine, Librarians without Borders®/Medical Library Association (USA) | Sept 23, 2019

Lenny Rhine presents HINARI training in Myanmar


Since 2007, the Elsevier Foundation has funded the Librarians without Borders® Program of the Medical Library Association (MLA) that focuses on training for Research4Life programs.  As the coordinator of this project, I have had the privilege of conducting 70 plus workshops in 41 countries to train trainers and teach users in registered Research4Life institutions on how to efficiently and effectively use the programs’ resources.  I have trained numerous information professionals, lecturers, researchers, health care professionals and students from universities plus other institutions.


In January 2016, MLA announced the expansion of the initiative with the MLA Librarians without Borders®/Elsevier Foundation/Research4Life Grants.  In the past four years, fifteen projects have been funded.  These range from conducting basic Research4Life workshops at institutions and conferences to building systematic review capacity, developing a drug information module and producing training videos.   The recipients primarily have been members of the Medical Library Association and individuals based in Research4Life registered institutions.  Several proposals were submitted jointly by individuals from each group.


I would like to urge you to apply for the training grants. Thanks to support from the Elsevier Foundation, MLA will be able to offer grants through 2021.


About Research4Life


Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and Yale University, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and over 155 international scientific publishers. 


Its goal is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information


The five Research4Life programs include Research in Health (HINARI), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE), Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research for Global Justice (GOALI). Since 2002, the programs have provided researchers at more than 9,000 institutions in more than 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up to 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences, and legal information.


About the grant


The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2019. Individuals or organizations can apply. Find details and apply online.


The Medical Library Association (MLA) has established the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants for 2016 to 2021. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards per year will support HINARI/Research4Life training activities that promote the use of the programs’ scientific research resources in emerging/low income countries.


Applicants are not required to be members of the MLA.


The grants will benefit the users in the eligible countries as these individuals will obtain skills to effectively and efficiently use the HINARI/Research4Life resources and become a training resource for their institutions or country. 


This grant is an expansion of the Elsevier Foundation funded Librarians without Borders®/E-library Training Initiative that has conducted HINARI/Research4Life training activities and developed/updated training material since January 2007. The MLA objective is to develop a community of librarians that will continue to support HINARI/Research4Life training and related development of instructional material.


Examples of possible proposals include:  


  • Conduct workshops either as co-teacher with current E-library Training Initiative coordinator or at an institution where the applicant/organization has ties or currently is employed
  • Organize and teach Research4Life distance learning courses for specific audiences
  • Organize a regional U.S. based workshop for information specialists interested in HINARI/Research4Life activities and/or researchers, faculty or students from institutions that have linkages with Research4Life registered organizations.
  • Create a new training module, distance learning course or training video or develop other distance learning formats.
  • Increase mechanisms for promoting/marketing of HINARI & Research4Life programs and their training resources
  • Develop measurement tools regarding outcomes of training activities


For further information including eligibility, terms, and application checklist please visit the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants website.


2019 Grant Recipients


  • Karin Saric, Norris Library, University of Southern California–Los Angeles; Sarah Young, Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Erin RB Eldermire, Flower-Sprecher Library, Veterinary College, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Masimba Clyde Muziringa, College of Health Sciences Library, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe; and Israel Mbekezeli Dabengwa, Library, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    • HINARI and Systematic Review Training in Zimbabwe
  • Alan Fricker, St. Thomas’ House Library, St. Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

    • HINARI Training in Sierra Leone
  • Ebele Nkiru Anyaoku, Medical Library, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Nigeria

    • Search for Health Care Literature Training in Nigeria