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NLM’s Extramural Program: Informationist Admin Supplement FOA Now Published

NLM’s new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants is on the NIH Guide site as of today; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-158.html. These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed (NLM,  NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this, so our librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH reporter http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm to search by state and funding Agency.

From the purpose statement:

These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

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