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Regional Funding Opportunities in the New Five-year Contract

Funding Mechanisms Extend our Reach

NN/LM PSR will use a variety of mechanisms to leverage our funding and outreach throughout the region during the 2006–2011 contract period. These include Express Outreach Awards, Internet Connectivity awards, the Library Improvement Program, and MedlinePlus Go Local awards. In the 2001–2006 contract, the efforts of subcontractors reached 72% of our outreach audience. In making awards, we try to fund activities in each state and jurisdiction of the region, adjusting the level according to population needs in those areas. Projects are generally completed within 12 months after the award.

Express Outreach Awards

We will fund five of these awards annually, up to $6,000 each, in the first four years of the contract to support our Network members who are conducting outreach to health professionals and/or consumers.

Program Goals for these awards are as follows:

  • To promote outreach by network members to share their expertise and resources with a target audience not normally reached;
  • To encourage partnerships and community-focused activities in support of the NN/LM mission;
  • To promote awareness and use of the products and services of NLM and the NN/LM;
  • To improve access to health information for those health professionals and health consumers without adequate access to library and information services;
  • To promote awareness and use of technology applications for improved information access.

During the 2001–2006 contract, we awarded funding to 20 projects through this mechanism. The online application process is simple and straightforward. These awards provide us with the opportunity to help applicants develop fundable proposals, and to encourage them to build on their success with smaller projects by going on to seek funding for larger awards. These awards can be used for a phased approach to outreach, to support the planning of a larger-scale project, or to conduct a follow-up analysis of the impact of a previously funded project. Applications are accepted continuously. Prospective applicants with questions should contact Alan Carr, Outreach Coordinator.

Internet Connectivity Awards

We will fund five of these awards annually, up to $1,000 each, to promote improved connectivity to the Internet for Network members. For example, funding could be used to achieve a sufficient level of hardware and software infrastructure to utilize web-based instruction. As part of collaborating with our outreach partners, funding could be used to address problems of connectivity for target populations by providing for the purchase and installation of computer equipment for a single work station and facilitating the connection to the Internet (i.e., cover Internet Service Provider fees for one year, phone line installation, or equipment upgrades). Priority for these projects will be given to groups located in the Region’s inner cities or rural areas. Prospective applicants with questions should contact Kay Deeney, Education Coordinator.

Library Improvement Program

We will fund one Library Improvement award annually, up to $1,000 each, to provide one-time funding support for hospital libraries in order to become participating members in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, including onsite access to NLM resources and participating as a partner in interlibrary loan. Hospitals will be expected to provide at least one computer with an Internet connection and a printer as well as ongoing technical support from the hospital’s IT department. Prospective applicants with questions should contact Julie Kwan, Library Network Coordinator.

MedlinePlus Go Local Awards

Since the initial public release of MedlinePlus Go Local in February 2003, we have promoted this service for finding local resources for health-related issues to libraries in the Region that have the potential to implement Go Local on a statewide or regional scale. During the 2006-2011 contract period, we plan to provide funding to establish new Go Local services in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. For California applicants, priority will be given to proposals that target California’s most populous counties; these include Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento, Contra Costa, and Fresno counties. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Participation Guidelines and to contact Associate Director, Heidi Sandstrom.

More information about funding opportunities from the NN/LM and NLM are available on our funding page. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

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