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Weekly News Digest

August 4, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Digital Science Funding Program to Spur Innovation

Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., unveiled its Catalyst Prize, an initiative to support innovators who wish to develop new software tools or technologies for scientific research. The program will provide a series of awards up to £15,000 each (about $24,000) to the most promising ideas for novel uses of information technology in science. Catalyst Prize awards are intended mainly to provide initial support for innovators who wish to take ideas from concept to prototype. Along with funding, they also provide an opportunity to work with Digital Science to refine, develop, and promote the innovation.

The application process is simple, and decisions are made in a timely fashion. Interested parties are asked to submit a short proposal detailing their breakthrough idea or innovation. Shortlisted applicants are then invited to present their ideas, preferably in person at a Digital Science office in London, New York, or Tokyo.

Priority will be given to applicants who have limited access to other sources of funding, and to projects that adopt open and collaborative approaches. Digital Science will not claim intellectual property rights over the results.

"We are proud of Macmillan’s long track record in supporting innovation, both inside and outside the company, not least in our science-publishing division, Nature Publishing Group. But we are always seeking new ways to do more, which is why we launched Digital Science, and why we’re delighted to announce the Catalyst Prize initiative," said Annette Thomas, CEO, Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Digital Science was launched in December 2010 to provide technology solutions for researchers. From intelligent knowledge-discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process.

For more information on the initiative or to apply, visit

Source: Digital Science

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