ACRL Supports Accelerating Science Award Program

ACRL has joined major sponsors Public Library of Science, Wellcome Trust, and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognizes individuals who have applied scholarly research — published through open access — to innovate in any field and benefit society.

The award program seeks nominations of individuals who have used, applied, or remixed open access research to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole. The goal of ASAP is to build awareness of and encourage the use of scholarly research published through open access.

Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented.  The nomination period is open from May 1 to June 15, 2013.  Winners will be announced in Washington, DC in October 2013, during an Open Access Week event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank.

Potential nominees include individuals, teams, or groups of collaborators such as scientists, researchers, educators, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, patient advocates, public health workers, and students. For more information on the ASAP program and to make a nomination, please visit the ASAP web site.

As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. One of ACRL’s three strategic goals is that librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship. By sponsoring ASAP, ACRL is signaling the importance of its strategic objective to promote new means to reward and value open scholarship.