Believe it or not it’s time for us to start planning our budget for the next contract year. We are extra early this year because it is the last year of our contract. To facilitate this planning we have posted a Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016. You can find the full announcement here: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.
IMPORTANT: Please let us know by November 7, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due November 21, 2014.
There are three categories of funding:
Express Outreach Awards
- Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.
- Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
- Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
- Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
- Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
- Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
- Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a project investigating outcomes related to health information interventions.
- Library Digitization Awards enable libraries to increase accessibility within and without the institution of local collections that are not currently available for use.
- Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.
Knowledge Management Projects
The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.
The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:
- Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
- Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
- Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.
In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:
- Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
- Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality information resources.
- Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
- Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
- Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Mary Piorun, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School