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Express Outreach Award

NN/LM PNR is currently accepting proposals for Express Outreach Awards. The Application for 2013 Express Outreach Awards must be completed and submitted via email attachment by February 1, 2013. Projects will be 12 months in duration and must be completed by April 30, 2014.

Express Outreach Program Goals:

  • To improve use of quality online health information resources by priority populations (as defined below);
  • To promote improved health information literacy;
  • To build or strengthen partnerships between network members and other community organizations;
  • To foster health information expertise in community organizations;
  • To promote awareness and use of the products and services of the NLM and the NN/LM.

Priority will be given to proposals involving outreach to:

  • Public health work force;
  • Health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists and others, especially those serving minority populations or clients with limited English proficiency;
  • Health professionals (see list above) in rural areas, or those without adequate access to library and information services;
  • Minority populations or people with limited English proficiency;
  • K-12 schools or volunteer youth organizations such as 4-H or Scouts;
  • Community or faith-based organizations;
  • Community Researchers; and/or
  • Employee Benefits Managers.

A few examples of potential Express Outreach Award activities and strategies:

  • Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases including: PubMed, MedlinePlus,, Household Products Database, Partners in Information Access to the Public Health Workforce, Tox Town and more.
  • Conducting promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and demonstrations to increase awareness and use of electronic resources.
  • Conducting hands-on training sessions at state conferences of health care providers about skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources for patient education or clinical decision support.
  • Developing partnerships with a community organization, health department, or library to increase the reach of a project to priority populations.
  • Developing partnerships with K-12 school librarians, health teachers, science teachers, and school nurses to introduce health related tasks into the curriculum.
  • Implementing a project to solicit community input and engagement in translational research (e.g. a toolkit for community engagement).

Development of Training Materials

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 MLA Educational Clearinghouse.


  • Applicants must be members of the NN/LM PNR.
  • Project personnel must have demonstrated experience using NLM resources, or identify a project partner with this expertise.

Period of Performance:

Express award activities must be completed by April 30, 2014.

Application Instructions:

Applicant should inform NN/LM PNR of their intent to apply no later than December 28, 2012 by emailing

The application, Application for 2013 Express Outreach Awards, must be submitted via email attachment to Gail Kouame, Public Health Outreach Coordinator, by February 1, 2013.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection include: thorough description of the target audience and their needs; thorough description of available resources and potential barriers; feasibility of plan and project activities; creative partnerships and collaborations; appropriate evaulation plan; and appropriate budget.

Budget Guidelines

The allowable performance period for this award is 12 months. A detailed budget and justification is required. Funding will cover: personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction of materials. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive. Purchase of print materials is permitted, but must not exceed 5% of the direct costs. Food and furniture are not allowed.

If your project is funded, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • For IT/ computer hardware under $3,000 per item: Vendor name and published pricing.
  • For IT/computer hardware of $3,000 or more per item: Three (3) vendor quotes (preferably valid for 60 days). Vendor quotes are necessary to determine price reasonableness for purchases. If a single item is over $3,000 and is not competed, then a sole source justification letter is required to indicate why it is the most advantageous purchase.

If personal appeal items such as cameras, MP3 players, smartphones, and laptop computers are proposed, please be prepared to submit the required elements listed on this web page upon approval of the award: [details]

Proposals must meet the following additional guidelines:

  1. If NN/LM funding is used to develop web-based resources, the resources must comply with Section 508 requirements for accessibility to people with disabilities [details].
  2. The awardee must acknowledge support of NLM whenever publicizing the work accomplished as a result of this award [details].
  3. If a journal article is published as a result of this project, the final peer-reviewed manuscript must be submitted to the PubMed Central digital archive in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy [details].

Reporting Requirement:

The project leader will submit to the NN/LM PNR two reports: a mid-project and a final report.

The mid-project report is due at the halfway point of the award period and should include a summary of progress toward completing goals, modifications made to original project plan, a summary list of any training activities or exhibits conducted, lessons learned and plans for sustaining project activities. If training activities or exhibits are conducted as part of the project, please submit an Activity Reporting Form or Exhibit Report as appropriate. These forms are linked from the Project Reporting Toolkit.

The final report must be submitted within 30 days of project completion by the awardee. The NN/LM PNR office will provide the awardee with a reporting toolkit and support. Content for the final report will include (but not be limited to): Executive Summary, Approaches and Interventions Used, Evaluation, Problems or Barriers Encountered, Impact, and Lessons Learned.

Lastly, awardees must also submit an article summarizing their project for publication in the Dragonfly, the NN/LM PNR's blog.


In making awards decisions, the NN/LM PNR will strive for diverse geographic distribution throughout the five states of the Northwest.

Maximum fixed price award is $15,000, to be paid incrementally at the time of the award and upon receipt of mid-point progress report and the final report.

The following statement is required to be included in this solicitation to comply with regulations for annual appropriation of federal funds:

All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Washington are subject to the Government's availability of funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer.

Need Help?

For additional information contact:

Gail Kouame, Public Health Outreach Coordinator, or
Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator,

Telephone: (206) 543-8262, 1-800-338-7657 (within AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)