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Archive for the ‘Grants and Funding’ Category

Jason Bengtson Named as Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator for NIH Grant

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

I am delighted to share that SCC/MLA member Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA, was recently named as the Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator on a successful application for an Informationist Supplement to grant 3-R01-DC000354-27A1 under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Brenda Farrell from Baylor College of Medicine. This supplement will fund the curation and management of electrophysiological data obtained from outer hair cells isolated from the inner ear of Cavia Porcellus. This data has significant implications for inner ear research. Mr. Bengtson is the Innovation Architect for The Texas Medical Center Library.

To learn more about NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects visit

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director, NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
Office: 713-799-7803

MLA Accepting Applications for the 2015 Lindberg Research Fellowship

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Reposted from MLANET:

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship
<>. The purpose of thisfellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledgebase, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000.  It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator.  More
information regarding MLA Research is available at

An application and more information about the fellowship can be accessed at

The awardee will be notified in March 2015.

Increased Funding for Emerging Technology Awards

Friday, September 4th, 2015
We have opened our Emerging Technology Awards up for a new round of funding (application). The total amount of funding per project has been increased to $7,000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through Friday, October 16, 2015.
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.

Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Software Development FOA

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative has announced the release of a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for software and methods development in biomedical big data science. If you know someone that is skilled or has an interest in data-related sciences, please mention this announcement.

Big Data to Knowledge Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01)

The FOA has three topic areas for researchers working with biomedical Big Data, they are:

  1. Data Privacy
  2. Data Repurposing
  3. Applying Metadata

The application deadline is October 6, 2015, with an optional letter of intent due September 6, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact David Miller at

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that seeks to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research.

Call for Applications: Library Student Outreach Award

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Do you know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and health information outreach? Why not encourage them to apply for our Library Student Outreach Award? This award provides travel and registration money for South Central Region library students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, October 2-7, 2015. We plan to sponsor eight students this year.

Applying is easy but the deadline is September 15. Please contact Marcus Spann, a former Library Student Outreach Award recipient and current NN/LM Community Health Coordinator, at 713-799-7164 if you have any questions.

2015 Sewell Travel Award for Public Health

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year isHealth in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
Deadline: July 6, 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
The solicitation notice can be found on
For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit

NIH Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

The NLM and other participating NIH Institutes and Centers intend to promote an ongoing initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for administrative supplements to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, depending on each participating Institute or Center’s preferences, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R34, U01, U19, U24, UM1 and U54 grants. These administrative supplements for informationist services provide funds to awarded research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

Read more…

Funding Opportunity: Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (R01)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term ‘Native Hawaiian’ means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.

Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date
Application Due Date: May 12, 2015
Learn more here: PAR-14-260
For more information on American Indian health, visit the Specialized Information Services American Indian Health page. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this web site brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. It includes links to evaluated health information from an assortment of resources, web sites, and databases.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635

The Disaster Health Information and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced funding for endeavors that would benefit individuals that participate in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The submitting application must include at least one library and organization that has experience, expertise or capability of disaster –related preparedness. Some examples are health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, fire/rescue, voluntary/faith-based organizations, etc.

The proposal should explain how it would be mutually beneficial and collaborative among the participating organizations.

The winning project proposals will be offered a minimum of 15,000 to 30,000 each, for one year.

The deadline for submission is July 6, 2015, at 12pm ET.

More information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015” can be located at,