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Grant announcement for the National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents

Grant announcement for the National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents (AH-MAI-15-001)


The purpose of FOA AH-MAI-15-001 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health is to fund an organization that will support the maintenance, operation, and re-launch of a national HIV/AIDS resource center. The Resource Center will promote practical strategies to assist in the implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions and best practices targeted to adolescent youth, in particular adolescents at high risk and African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Funding for this project comes from the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). OAH anticipates funding one grantee with an annual budget of up to $350,000 per year for a three-year project period.

LiverTox Updates Coming Soon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) LiverTox is a free website providing up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased information about drug-induced liver injury caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals and dietary supplements.


LiverTox represents a collaborative effort by medical and scientific specialists to provide a central repository of clinical information in support of clinical and basic research on the prevention and control of drug-induced liver injury.  The site also provides guidance to clinicians and healthcare providers on the diagnosis and management of this important cause of liver disease.  LiverTox contains approximately 850 drug and herbal records.


Coming Soon

Look for these LiverTox updates in the coming months:


  • Addition of about 100 new records
  • New histopathologic imaging (microscopic structure of diseased tissue) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) included in drug records
  • Section  providing public access to reference cases, initially populated with clinical cases from the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, a consortium of eight academic medical centers throughout the United States.  This repository will allow for statistical analyses of trends in drug-induced liver disease, as well as better characterization of clinical patterns of injury.


LiverTox is a joint effort of the Liver Disease Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

NN/LM NER Funding Process Tips

Interested to apply for funding for a project, but not sure how to get started?  Your NN/LM NER staff is here to help.  If you have an idea for a project, please contact Mary Piorun or consult with Michelle Eberle, Stephanie Friree, or Meredith Solomon.  We are here to provide guidance on the process.

Have an idea, but are not sure how it fits in with the types of awards that we offer?  We offer awards for:  Library Services to Health Agencies, Member Program Awards, Community Preparedness, Community Engagement, Exhibits, Health Information Research, Technology, Knowledge Management, and Digitization.  If you have an idea for a project, please give us a call and we’ll help you figure out how your project may connect with our types of funding.  Stay tuned for a series of blog posts in the next couple of weeks with ideas for projects in each area.  Also, you can look at a list of our current and previously funded projects.

Steps to apply for funding:

  • Explore our Funding Opportunities.
  • Contact Mary Piorun with your interest to apply.  Tell us about your potential project and how much funding you are seeking.  We can provide you with samples of successful proposals.
  • Plan and write your proposal/budget.
  • Submit your proposal by email.
  • Proposals are reviewed by the NN/LM NER, the National Library of Medicine, and a committee of NER Network Members.


It’s helpful to know your funder’s budget cycle. Our budget year is May 1 – April 30th.  Though, we have ongoing funding.  So, it’s always good to give us a call when you have an idea.  Projects are encouraged to start in May and wrap up by the end of April.  Smaller projects ($1,000 – $3,000) are often funded mid-year.

Proposal Planning Support:

We are always happy to consult with you about a potential project.  Also, currently Janet Cowen is working with us as a Project Planning Consultant.  We can connect you with her for tips and guidance to plan your project and draft your proposal.

Helpful Funding Resources:

Interested to learn more? 

Check out our recently redesigned funding site for more information.


Focused Outreach featured in OERC Blog

Thank you to the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center for featuring our project in their blog.  Here’s the post:

“If you are planning or currently conducting an outreach project, you might want to take a look at the Focused Outreach Vermont article in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) newsletter (posted January 13, 2015). NN/LM NER’s Focused Outreach Project uses carefully planned outreach activities and strong community-based collaboration to connect underserved communities with NLM resources and services. The Ner’eastah article, which is an abstract of a full report, highlights outreach results through a succinct description of evaluation findings.

I particularly applaud NN/LM NER’s reporting method. They provide a quick overview, featuring the results of their efforts, with easy access to full details for those who want it. The full report describes the project’s community assessment process and findings. You also get a more thorough description of documented outcomes, laid out in a highly readable format. A nice added feature is the infographic in the beginning of the report.

This is a great example of how to use evaluation to publicize and advocate for successful programs!

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We would like to report more projects that demonstrate effective use of evaluation methods. If you have an example to share, send it to Cindy Olney at”

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