Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution, not the individual. Network member organizations in Region 1 are eligible to apply.
The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.
Download a PDF of the Health Information Outreach Project Award Description.
The purpose of the Health Information Outreach Award is to provide support for projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability of patients, family members, students, and members of the public to find and use health information; or improve health professionals’ access to, awareness of, and skills for locating high-quality biomedical and health information. Awards should focus on building partnerships, collaborating with local community groups, and other key groups to reach underserved populations in the region with health information outreach projects. Project should be in support of the NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Plan.
Project proposals are intended to support of Aim 1 of the Region 1 RML Core to ensure equitable access to NLM biomedical, health and public health information and data for all audiences in Region 1 through community-driven approaches and interventions to increase both health and digital equity for underrepresented populations.
Preference will be given to NNLM network members who have not previously been funded during the 2021-2026 Cooperative Agreement.
All projects must incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, or MedlinePlus. You can refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources, and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic.
Preference will be given to projects that reach underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities – including but not limited to:
Potential projects may include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):
Other project ideas may be accepted. Please contact the NNLM Region 1 office for a consultation or training on NLM resources.
You will need to submit your application online. It is recommended that you use the following outline to draft your proposal, then submit online.
Before attempting to submit your application for funding in the NNLM online application system:
Please note: you cannot successfully submit an application without these components. If you have questions about these or any other system requirements, please email NNLM Region 1 in advance of the application deadline.
If the drop-down list appears blank, confirm that your NNLM account is connected to the NNLM Member record for your institution. (See System Requirements above)
If the name of the Project Lead does not appear in the drop-down list, confirm that their NNLM account is connected to the NNLM Member record for the institution. (See System Requirements above)
Select Yes, No, or I Don’t Know.
If a record does not exist for a partner organization, click “Partner Organization not Listed?” and use the additional fields under “Add Partner Organization” to provide the institution name and address.
Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution, not the individual. The budget needs to be filled out in the online application system. Budget fields will accept numbers only. Enter each amount to the nearest whole dollar. If a budget line is not applicable for your project, you may leave it blank. The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:
NOTE: You will need to submit a budget table or spreadsheet that includes a narrative justification for budget items. This includes explaining the purpose of each item of the project and a breakdown of how fees were calculated. Please refer to the NNLM Proposal Writing Toolkit “Budgeting” tab for an example Budget Template you can use. This can be uploaded in the attachments section of the online application.
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 NIH Policy on Allowability of Costs/Activities.
You are required to acknowledge the following statements before submitting an application:
You will need to submit your application online.
Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to web applications, web pages and all attached files on the internet as well as any intranet. The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must meet all requirements under Section 508. Information on 508 Compliance.
The following reports are required for NNLM sub-awardees. All reports will be submitted through the NNLM Data Reporting System (DRS).
The following may be required, depending on the project:
Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
To facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all sub-awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:
In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with your RML/Office and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.
Per Section 8.2.1. – Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e., the ongoing development of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Data developed by a sub-awardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.
Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer.
This work was supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM013724. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Review and selection of proposals – reviewers selected by the RML/Office. The Review Committee is made up of Network members who represent the Region, public libraries, a variety of health science libraries, and community organizations. The Review Committee will make final recommendations for funding to the Executive Director of the RML. Applicants will receive a copy of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding.
Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-100
The application will be scored in the following areas:
RML/Office staff and Network members will review and score applications using a standardized RFP scorecard. For more information, please refer to the Scoring section’s “Health Information Outreach scorecard as the scoring criteria.” (See Review and Selection of Proposals tab.)
Sub-awardees may not begin their project until the University of Maryland, Baltimore has completed and signed all necessary documentation.