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Health Disparities Information Outreach Award

The purpose of the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award is to support outreach projects aimed at increasing awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Priority will be given to proposals involving outreach to:

  • Healthcare providers or other healthcare workers serving populations which experience significant health disparities, including, but not limited to racial, ethnic and sexual minorities, and rural and other medically underserved populations, such as:
    • Minority populations which share a common race, language, culture, history etc.;
    • Demographic groups which are disproportionately affected by a specific disease or medical condition.

Examples of Potential Projects

  • Training for healthcare providers about health disparities issues and resources;
  • Training in effective use of electronic health information resources to identify resources that increase awareness of health disparties, with an emphasis on NLM databases, for example PubMed, MedlinePlus, Refugee Health Information Network and American Indian Health;
  • Creating a collaboration to advocate awareness of health disparities;
  • Raising awareness of health disparities through data collection or other methods.


Applicants must be members of the NN/LM PNR. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information.NN/LM PNR membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership, submit a membership application.


Up to $5,000 per award.

Period of Performance

Funded projects should be completed by April 30, 2015. Extensions through August 30, 2015 may be permitted upon request.

Instructions for Applications

Applicants should inform NN/LM PNR of their intent to apply no later than February 13, 2014, by emailing

The completed Health Disparities Information Outreach Award Application should be sent as an email attachment to Patricia Devine at, by March 6, 2014.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection include: clear identification of a service or resource to be promoted to a well-defined audience, an appropriate plan to meet project goals, feasiblity of project, and appropriate budget.

Proposals must meet the following guidelines:

  1. If this funding is used to develop web-based resources, those resources must comply with Section 508 requirements for accessibility for 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].

Cost Instructions

Total cost must not exceed $5,000.

A proposed budget can include estimated costs for personnel, communication, equipment, supplies, travel or reproduction costs.

Food, furniture and library collection costs are not allowed.

For personal appeal items such as cameras, MP3 players, smartphones, and laptop computers, the proposal must address the following:

  • Purpose: There is legitimate purpose for the items, and use of the items by the awardee will be managed in accordance with institutional policy.
  • Appropriate Use: Items will not be used in a way that would discredit the NN/LM, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, or the applicable institution.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Must demonstrate requested items are cost effective and appropriate. For example, will generic brands satisfy the minimum requirements? If not, the proposal/request must describe 1) why it is necessary to purchase branded products, 2) benefits in brand name products. How will items further the mission of NN/LM and achieve the objectives of the contract?

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 vendor 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.

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.

In awarding these funds, the UW Regional Medical Library requests standard indirect costs not be taken, to allow the institution receiving the award to participate fully in the mission of the project.

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.

Reporting Requirements

Final reports on projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion by the awardee. Final reports must be submitted by the awardee using the template provided on the Project Reporting Toolkit. NN/LM PNR staff are available for any needed assistance. 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 will be made available by PNR Staff. The project leader will be asked to share the results of the project with other network members by submitting an article for posting to the NN/LM PNR blog, Dragonfly.

Awardee shall provide email copies of all materials produced, press releases, advertisements, photographs and articles for newsletters related to the project. In accepting the award, the awardee gives permission for use of such materials by the NLM and NN/LM.

For additional information, contact:

Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
Phone: (206)543-8275 or (800)338-7657