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Health Sciences Library Project Award

Grants to USA Libraries in Mid-Atlantic States to
Improve Access and Delivery of Health Information

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Middle Atlantic Region

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Deadline Date:

04/13/18 11:00 PM


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Grants of up to $19,000 to Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania libraries that provide health information to support librarians specializing in the health sciences. Applications are invited for collaborative projects that enhance health and biomedical information delivery and access.

Description of Award:

The goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM's web-based information resources.


The purpose of the Health Sciences Library Project Award is to support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community. Hospital libraries, community college libraries, libraries supporting 2- and 4-year degrees in the health sciences and libraries at medical schools are encouraged to apply.

Awards to NNLM MAR members help achieve two National Network Performance Measures:
-Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
-Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Potential Projects: 

Projects should include collaboration with at least one other department within the institution to improve biomedical and health information access and delivery. In addition, projects are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:
-Promote and improve access to library and information services
-Strengthen the involvement of health sciences librarians in providing evidence-based health information in clinical and/or patient settings
-Increase awareness of and skills for managing data
-Increase awareness of and skills for locating high quality biomedical and  health information
-Encourage partnerships between health sciences libraries and other departments within their organization and/or outreach community
-Promote librarian involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives
-Stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems
-Incorporate or improve technology to ensure access to high quality health information, with a special emphasis on the “under-connected,” particularly in inner city and rural health organizations

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
-Integrating health information literacy into medical school, nursing and allied health curriculum
-Integrating patient education resources as part of student clinical rotations
-Partnering with an academic health center to offer health education programs to students and the community
-Partnering with a department within your institution that provides community health outreach or focuses on STEM health and science education or Citizen Science 
activities for faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and K-12 students and teachers
-Organizing an inter-professional education event to bring students together to incorporate biomedical and health information resources to solve a case study
-Determining the needs of a target audience and integrating library services to address those needs, such as involvement with clinical and/or research data management services, systematic review services, or other identified services
-Projects to advance personalized medicine
-Projects to collaborate with clinical staff and/or patient education staff on incorporating library resources and MedlinePlus Connect 
 into EHRs or PHRs
-Projects to offer a new clinical service, such as one to provide evidence to support the development of clinical guidelines or provide support on a research committee, patient education committee, or another institutional committee
-Projects to educate consumers and promote clinical trials, especially for special and minority populations to address disparities in health research

For projects incorporating a biomedical or health information literacy component, integration and use of National Library of Medicine resources appropriate for the target population is encouraged. Resources may include: 

-Genetics Home Reference
-Environmental Health and Toxicology Information
-National Center for Biotechnology Information Resources
-Public Health Partners
-Disaster Information
-NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery
-NLM Resources for Citizen Science

The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:
-Consultant Costs (hourly rate)
-Direct Costs
-Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or, if your institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183294

Number of Grants:

Number of awards available: Minimum of 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $19,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information.

NNLM Members provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services. If you are providing health information through a library, information center, or other organization, please consider joining the NNLM Network.

More information about NNLM membership may be found here:

Hospital libraries, community college libraries, libraries supporting 2- and 4-year degrees in the health sciences and libraries at medical schools are encouraged to apply.

Funding restrictions:
-Food, promotional items and furniture are not allowable expenses. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Refer to the HHS Policy on the use of appropriated funds for promotional items:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants and Proposal Writing (live webinar):

Class Date: Mar 16, 2018, 2:00PM - 3:30 PM ET

This offering is specifically for those in the MAR region (DE/NJ/NY/PA). Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Participants will be able to:
-Identify online resources to search for funding
-Describe the basic sections of a proposal
-Identify types of documents necessary to include with a proposal
-Recognize common mistakes of proposal writers

More information about the class may be found here:

Office Hours:

Class Date: Mar 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Participants may also wish to attend MAR Office Hours March 23 from 2-3 to ask specific funding questions of MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling and MAR staff.

Potential funding applicants with questions about the process, projects, or potential partners are invited to drop in at any point between 2-3 PM ET on March 23 to ask MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling and other MAR staff funding questions.

More information about Office Hours may be found here:

Additionally, MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources. Please contact MAR by email to schedule.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 PM.

Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

Examples of previously funded projects

NNLM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials.

NLM's web-based information resources (link is external).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

NNLM Middle Atlantic Region
University of Pittsburgh
Health Sciences Library System
3550 Terrace Street, 200 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

P: (412) 648-2065
F: (412) 624-1515

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania