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Funding Opportunities

Types of Funding Available:



NN/LM New England Region Awards

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine funds projects to advance the National Library of Medicine’s mission to improve access to health information and support the services of NN/LM Network Members.

Express Outreach Awards

Library Services to Health Agencies Awards support document delivery, reference services, and trainings for health-related organizations unaffiliated with a library.
Maximum amount: $2,000

Member Program Awards support development of professional development programs for health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
Maximum amount: $8,000

Community Preparedness Awards support collaborative planning of community resources, trainings, or events related to emergency preparedness.
Maximum amount: $6,000

Community Engagement Awards support health information outreach projects in collaboration with local community groups.
Maximum amount: $8,000

Exhibit Awards fund registration and fees, travel, and related expenses for libraries to exhibit at local or regional conferences. Promote your own library in addition to the National Library of Medicine. Members can borrow exhibit displays from NER and print National Library of Medicine educational materials.
Maximum amount: $2,000

Health Information Research Awards support the development and implementation of a project investigating outcomes related to health information interventions.
Maximum amount: $2,000

Technology Improvement Awards support equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.
Maximum amount: $2,000

How to Apply for NN/LM NER Express Outreach Awards:
  • To apply, respond to the Call for Participation.
  • Multiple projects throughout the region will be funded.
  • Proposals are due: December 24, 2014.
  • Applicants will be notified May 2015.
  • Project period: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016
  • Contact Mary Piorun or Michelle Eberle with your intent to apply.

To help plan your projects, take a look at previously funded projects.

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Express Library Digitization Awards

Express Library Digitization Awards help libraries increase access to local historical collections. Funds support digitization and conservation of historical or unique collections and can be used to purchase equipment, software for personnel, or outsourcing of digitization. More information is available at NN/LM Guidelines for Digitization.

  • To apply, respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • Maximum amount: $9,000.
  • Multiple projects throughout the region may be funded.
  • Proposals due: December 24, 2014.
  • Applicants will be notified: May 2015.
  • Project performance period: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016.
  • Contact Mary Piorun with your intent to apply.

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Outreach Subcontracts

Health Information Outreach Subcontracts provide funding for Network Members to conduct community engagement projects expanding the use of National Library of Medicine resources and services and increasing the use of NN/LM Member Libraries. Projects should reach special populations, medically underserved areas, and/or geographic areas/populations with high rates of health disparities. Partnerships with libraries, public health agencies, K-12 educators, community colleges, community health centers, and community groups in underserved areas are strongly encouraged.


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Knowledge Management Pilot Project Funding

KM projects stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. NER’s Healthcare Knowledge Services Center Field Guide provides a primer for information professionals to initiate knowledge management projects. Proposed projects should reference the Field Guide in planning and/or implementing knowledge management services.

  • To apply, respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • Maximum amount: $7,000.
  • Multiple projects throughout the region may be funded.
  • Proposals due: December 24, 2014.
  • Applicants will be notified: May 2015.
  • Performance Period: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016.
  • Contact Mary Piorun or Meredith Solomon with your intent to apply.
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Important Information

  • Applicants must be NN/LM NER Network Members or apply to join the NN/LM Network.
  • Funding decisions are based on need, amount requested, and availability of funds.
  • Funded projects are required to submit Activity Reports, Interim, and Final Reports. Learn more about reporting requirements.
  • Equipment purchased through funding should not be used for personal purposes.
  • Material produced should attribute the National Library of Medicine as funding source. Suggested text: This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. #HHS-N-276-2011-00010-C with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
  • Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse, prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the Clearinghouse.
  • Applicants are expected to implement policies and procedures that support appropriate delivery of services to culturally and linguistically diverse groups. The National Center for Cultural Competence is a helpful resource.
  • Web-based resources developed for the project should strive to ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please refer to the NLM Guidelines for Web Pages and Accessibility.
  • Recipients of NN/LM funding should publish results from NN/LM funded projects according to the NIH Public Access Policy in journals that make their contents freely available on the Web.
  • Food is not an allowable expense.
  • Funds requested to develop print collections of consumer health materials or to purchase access to any commercial electronic health information product may not exceed 5% of the total amount of the project budget.
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