We are incredibly excited and honoured to announce that Ada Lovelace Day has been awarded Digital Science’s prestigious Catalyst Grant, alongside tech company Penelope. ALD and Penelope will share the $25,000 grant equally.
We will be using the Catalyst Grant to expand the resources section of our website to provide a global database of information that women can use to develop their STEM careers. Including data on organisations for women in STEM, grants, scholarships, fellowships, research and media coverage, it will help women at all stages of their career to find the support, funding and inspiration they need, and help businesses understand more clearly the challenges faced by women STEM.
The Catalyst Grant Program, an international initiative by Digital Science to support the innovation of new software tools and technologies for scientific research, has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to date. Awards of up to $25,000 are intended to provide initial support to take ideas from concept to prototype and are considered twice per year, once in December and once in July.
Steve Scott, Director of Research Tools at Digital Science, said, “This year’s decision was our toughest yet, with a field of over 30 entries to consider. However, both Penelope and ALD stood out and in the end we arrived at a unanimous vote. We’re proud to have an opportunity to help grow both businesses.”
Work on the new resources database will begin soon, and we hope to launch the database in early 2016.