The Elsevier Foundation attributed a scholar grant worth 50.000 euros to NOVA's Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical.
The project that won the "New Scholar Grant" will improve tropical health career development for women scientists in five African Portuguese speaking countries: Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea, St. Tome and Principe. With a focus on improving integration into the wider scientific community, the project will be led by NOVA's Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, to develop a critical mass of African women scientists and connect them with mentoring Portuguese academics and the European Platform of Women Scientists. In addition, relevant transferable skills will be offered through distance learning, an in person workshop will be held in each country, a dedicated mobile phone-accessible website and expertise driven database will be developed and childcare grants offered to promote professional visibility.
The network proposed here will be the first to include African Portuguese speaking countries, and in an area of research–Tropical Health– that is particularly relevant to many low and middle income countries. The project addresses the geographic and linguistic isolation of these women scientists and shows great potential as a model for international collaboration, particularly in an area of significant health concern.
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