About the Caribbean Science Foundation

The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) was established as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization in 2010. The work of the CSF is supported in part by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) which founded the CSF. CADSTI (see http://cadsti.org) has its center of gravity outside the Region, and its primary function is to mine and mobilize the resources in the world-wide Caribbean Diaspora in support of the CSF.

The figure below illustrates the structure and the role of CADSTI and shows it as one of the support pillars of the CSF.
CADSTI-CSF Model.jpg The headquarters of the CSF are located in the CARICOM Research Building on the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies. A PDF of this CSF Overview and the Mission Statement below is available here.

The mission of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) is to assist with the diversification of the economies of the Caribbean Region by harnessing science and technology for economic development, and to help raise the standard of living.

Specifically, the CSF will:

  1. Stimulate technology‐based entrepreneurship ‐ by identifying and funding science and technology projects in new and existing enterprises that are relevant to the economic development needs of the Region.
  2. Accelerate education reform that supports technology‐based entrepreneurship by promoting and funding programs that focus on:
    • The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.
    • Business and entrepreneurship education.
    • Foreign languages and communication skills in schools, universities and other educational venues.
  3. Provide scientific and engineering advisory services to Caribbean governments by working with CADSTI to leverage the expertise that resides in the Diaspora.

This draft three-year Strategic Plan of the Caribbean Science Foundation is intended to be the guiding document for the operations of the CSF during its early years.

CSF-Strategic-Plan-Draft-06-15-11.pdf

On September 21, 2010, the Caribbean Diaspora for Science Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) led by its President, Dr. Cardinal Warde, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, launched the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago with the assistance of CARISCIENCE. Senator, The Hon. Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago gave the Keynote Address and launched the CSF on behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad‐Bissessar who was attending the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York.

The links below take you to the Program of the CSF Launch and Science Forum, and the Official Press Release announcing the Launch of the CSF:
Official Press Release announcing the Launch of the CSF
Program of the CSF launch and Science Forum

The figure below shows the committee structure of CADSTI-CSF Governing Council.

CADSTI-CSF-Governing-Committees.png At present there are eight committees that together constitute the Governing Council:

  • The CSF Board of Directors (6 members) oversees the work of the CSF.
  • The CADSTI Steering Committee has as its main responsibility, engagement with the Diaspora.
  • The Scientific Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the CSF Executive Director.
  • The Private-Sector/Fund-Raising Committee is primarily concerned with funding for the CSF.
  • The Education Reform Committee provides guidance and oversight to CADSTI and the CSF on educational programs and initiatives in the Diaspora and the Region.
  • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee acts as an advisory body to the Innovation and Small Business Directorate of the CSF
  • The Public-Relations/Outreach Committee provides guidance and oversight to CADSTI and the CSF in its service and engagement with the communities in the Diaspora and the Region.
  • The Youth Affairs Committee is responsible for making sure that CADSTI and the CSF address the needs of and engages the youth in the Region in science and technology initiatives.


Below is the link to the current CSF projects and activities in need of funding:
CSF Projects-Activities in Need of Funding.pdf

If you would like to make a donation to the CSF or support one or more of the projects listed in the link above, please contact:
Prof Cardinal Warde (warde.csf@gmail.com)
Telephone: 1-617-699-1281

Alternatively, you may write to us at:
Caribbean Science Foundation
CARICOM Research Building
UWI Cave Hill Campus
Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

Telephone: 1-246-417-7493
E-mail: csfhdq@gmail.com

These are presentations given by CADSTI leaders or hosted by CADSTI on relevant topics.

The CSF is building bridges of communication and collaboration to establish partnerships with a number of organizations that include:

US National Science Foundation:
Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
NIHERST
Caribbean Council for Science and Technology
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
Barbados Entrepreneurial Foundation
The Spanish, French, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean Scientific Community

The CSF cannot undertake and fulfill its mission and goals without the requisite funds. Consequently, acquiring funding for its mission is a most critical task.

Please review our Financing and Sustainability Plan (doc) and contact Dr. Cardinal Warde with questions or feedback.