Award was created in 2008 to recognize individuals or groups for their
contribution toward building capacity in the environmental sciences within
countries with developing economies. "Capacity building" refers to a broad range
of activities that might include any combination of education, professional
development, training, and the development of analytical capabilities and other
infrastructure that will support the principles and practices for protection,
enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem
integrity. Emphasis is given to the promotion the advancement and
application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors
in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of
science in environmental policy and decision-making.
Nomination and Evaluation
About the Award
The Capacity-Building Award is sponsored by the SETAC Global Partners, is awarded annually,
is announced at all SETAC annual meetings, and is given at a meeting convenient
to the recipient. The award consists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000,
registration waiver and travel costs to the SETAC annual meeting that is most
convenient to the recipient. The Capacity Building Award was initiated to
reflect SETAC’s efforts to enhance the use of science in environmental policy
and decision-making in countries where there is a need and/or where there have
been requests for capacity building. Examples of SETAC initiatives include
efforts in Africa and Latin America. The Strategic Approach to International
Chemicals Management (SAICM) is also an example of a coordination effort
designed to develop capacity; in that case, SETAC is coordinating efforts with the
United Nations Environment Programme.
- John Giesy, 2013
- Michael Kishimba, 2012
- Kelly Munkittrick, 2012
Nomination and Evaluation
A list of
countries with developing economies is provided by the World Bank (www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/classgroups.htm). The award is advertised annually and will be
awarded annually, provided suitable candidates are nominated.
Candidates for the
Capacity-Building Award include individuals, groups, or other organizations
that have contributed directly to education, professional development, training,
and/or the development of analytical capabilities and other infrastructure
related to environmental sciences within an emerging or developing country.
Candidates will be evaluated with respect to new or enhanced initiatives,
degree of influence, success, and history of related contributions.
THE TWO OPTIONS FOR AWARD RECIPIENT:
Awards will be made to recipients who are based within or reside within
a developing country OR
While priority will be given to individuals or representative of group
and/or organizations that reside within a developing country, individuals or
organizations external to the country are also eligible for the award.
complete evaluation packages for the award must be received in the SETAC office
(email@example.com) by to be determined of
the year in which the award will be made. Once a candidate is nominated, that
nomination will remain in effect for a period of 3 years, provided the
candidate has not received the award.
group or organization can make nominations of candidates. Self-nominations are
acceptable. The nomination package should include a 1-page description of the
contributions toward capacity building and must be supported with 3 letters of
recommendation from individuals familiar with the contributions. The package
can be enhanced by including examples of contributions. These might include
background documents or websites the individual has made. Those letters must
indicate how the individual has contributed to capacity building in emerging
and developing countries. Nominated candidates’ information will be reviewed by
the SETAC Global Awards sub-committee. The winner will be identified in
September and will be notified during the end of that month.
ALL applications must be submitted
electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications submitted by MAIL
or FAX will NOT be accepted. Completed applications must arrive by 6 June of the year in which the award
is to be made.