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Professional Development Award

Call for Applications (CFA)

There will be no Professional Development Awards available in Year 1.

If you have questions regarding this award or require assistance with the application, contact Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator. Email the GMR or send an email to Graphic of email address. To contact the GMR by phone, call 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office. Awards will be announced on GMRLIST and in The Cornflower, the GMR blog. A list of previous Professional Development Award Recipients is available. For the 2006-2011 contract, there is also a list of previous Professional Development Award Recipients available.


The award is intended to enable individuals to expand their professional knowledge and experience to better manage their libraries and to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers.


  • Applicants must be employed at least 50% time in a Network health sciences library that is a Primary Access Library. This award is not available to individuals who work in Resource Libraries.
  • Applicants must be from a library that is a Full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region
  • Applicants must demonstrate how the professional development activity proposed is linked to a specific goal for the library.
  • Applicants may receive this award only once during the 2011-2016 contract period.
Some examples of these specific goals include the following:
  • Developing a Web page for the library
  • Setting up an intranet for the library and its parent institution
  • Developing a computer-assisted instructional package or other type of educational package to help end-users gain better access to health information resources
  • Developing a consumer-health service in the library
  • Learning project management skills
  • Selecting, managing and licensing electronic journals
  • Space planning
  • Developing user education programs or redesigning library services
Funds may be used for the following:
  • Attending a specific continuing education course or workshop
  • Attending a conference, e.g. Computers in Libraries or EDUCAUSE
  • Visiting other libraries or related institutions
Funding is NOT available for the following:
  • Personal memberships in organizations
  • Building library collections
  • Attending the Medical Library Association annual meeting or the regional MLA chapter meetings. However, funding may support attendance at workshops, institutes, and other special meetings held in conjunction with the MLA or chapter meetings.

Period of Performance

The period of performance for the award should begin at the time of approval of the award and end approximately one month after the completion of the activity/event funded by the award.

Technical Application Instructions

The respondent should complete the Professional Development Award Application Word doc. Submit the completed application and supporting documents (e.g. program descriptions and letters of support) attached to an email addressed to Graphic of email address. Supporting documents may be in Word or PDF format. Include "PD" and your LIBID in the subject line of the email.

Cost Application Instructions

Total cost must not exceed $1,500.

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis. This award is not a grant or subcontract. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Reimbursement takes an average of four weeks.

The funds may be used to support:

  • Registration fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Supplies or educational materials related to the activity/event.

Funding is not available for equipment, personnel or indirect costs.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be scored against the following criteria:
  • Applicant meets the qualifications outlined in the Requirements section
  • Appropriateness of class to areas of health science librarianship and health information access
  • Applicant demonstrates how the professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of the library
  • Likelihood that the selected professional development activity will achieve the desired outcome

Reporting Requirements

Quarterly and final reports are required and will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System (OCR) at: Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted.  Contact Jacqueline Leskovec, portal administrator, at for additional information on the OCR and/or to obtain an account for a funded project.

In addition, recipients are encouraged to report on the project experience in The Cornflower, the GMR blog, and agree to allow the NN/LM GMR to republish reports and materials. Graphic of email address.

Additional Requirements

The summaries here are included for your convenience. Please follow the links provided to view the full policies.

The Use of Appropriated Funds for Educational (Promotional) Items
Promotional items may not be purchased with GMR funds.

Credit Statement
The awardee must acknowledge NLM's support in any media for this project.

508 Compliance
Any electronic and information technology developed must adhere to Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Publications Resulting from NN/LM Funded Projects
Any final, peer-reviewed manuscripts that arise from this project must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

Development of Training Materials
Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials.

Availability of Funding
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Illinois at Chicago are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds.

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