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Two New NLM Grant Programs Announced

The May 14th issue of the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts included announcements for two newly-issued NLM grant programs, NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities and NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics. Applications for both programs must be submitted through Grants.gov.

The grant program to reduce health disparities solicits applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to populations affected by health disparities and the health care providers who care for them. Proposed projects should utilize the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by or that involve minority-serving institutions.

The project period can be 1-3 years. The project budget may not exceed $100,000 for one-year projects, $200,000 for two-year projects, and $300,000 for three-year projects, in direct costs. Indirect costs are not covered. NLM expects to make 5-7 awards. Letters of intent are due by June 14, 2010, and the application deadline is July 14, 2010. The earliest anticipated project start date is April 1, 2011. The announcement link above has additional information regarding essential features that project proposals should include, eligible organizations and institutions, and other details.

The purpose of the NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics program is to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing “protected time” for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. The award applies to research in clinical informatics, public health informatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM’s university-based training programs in biomedical informatics.

The total project period may not exceed three years. The award will provide salary up to $85,000 per year plus fringe benefits. NLM expects to issue 3-5 new awards per year, of varying sizes and duration. There are multiple application deadline dates. Please refer to the announcement link above for complete details.

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