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For a limited period of time, the NN/LM SE/A is re-introducing this award to promote participation in the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTS) System ( The award is available to SE/A active DOCLINE participants to improve the ease and cost-effectiveness of resource sharing throughout the region. The EFTS Award creates opportunities for non-EFTS libraries to receive initial funding to join the program by requesting up to $200 in starter funds. Current EFTS hospital library members may request up to $100 to continue their participation in the program and affirm their resource sharing efforts.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full SE/A members in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands who participate in DOCLINE.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award.

Application Process

  • Non-participating EFTS members can apply for $200 in starter funds.
  • Hospital libraries currently participating in EFTS can apply for $100 incentive fees.
  • A minimum of 10 awards per category is planned for the current contract year.
  • Applications must be received by March 28, 2014.


Budget Criteria

No indirect costs are allowed for this award.

Additional Requirements
All funds will be distributed directly from NN/LM SE/A and deposited to EFTS in the name of the applicant. Awardees will be responsible for creating an account with EFTS within 30 days of project start date.  After account is created, funding will be sent to EFTS.

Period of Performance

Projects should be completed within 6 months of receipt of the award funding.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Overall stated need for funding,
  • Frequency of for-cost borrowing,
  • The use of funds to promote library services to new user groups,
  • Promotion of EFTS to non-EFTS libraries,
  • Level of commitment from applicant's administration to support the continuation of the EFTS account,
  • Likelihood that the funds requested will be expended within 18 months.

Priority will be given to non-EFTS libraries and hospital libraries with a high frequency of for-cost borrowing.

Reporting Requirements

Quarterly reports of project activities, including progress made toward goals and problems encountered, and completion of outreach reporting activity forms are required. A final report covering the entire period of performance is due within 30 days of the close of the project.
Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System at: Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted. Contact your RML for additional information on the Online Contract Reports System.

Publication and Publicity

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this award in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. The NIH Public Access Policy at ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central ( upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers ( are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information:

Authors that publish NIH-supported, peer-reviewed articles in full PMC-participating journals (such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association) have fulfilled their obligations to NIH Public Access and have nothing else to do.

If an NIH-supported peer-review article is published in a non-PMC journal, the final manuscript must be submitted to PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). If the author was supported by an NIH contract, and the contract details are not available for selection in the NIHMS, the author should contact the NIHMS Help Desk to have this information added to the system. This lets the NIHMS Help Desk correlate requests with specific manuscript numbers and specific users, and helps us resolve the issue faster.

The NIHMS Help Desk will need the following information:

  • Contact number: (RML to provide the Contract Number)
  • Contract title/name: National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • Awarding NIH institution: National Library of Medicine

Website Compliance

If a website is developed under this award, the website must adhere to Section 508 compliance. Resources for this compliance include the National Library of Medicine Web Applications/Site Development Guidelines ( and Summary of Section 508 Standards (

Resources for Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Outreach Projects

Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach
Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Series
Logic Model Development Guide - W.B. Kellogg Foundation (PDF Icon)
NN/LM and SE/A web sites have links to various training courses that may be of interest. Or, awardee may consult with the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center for assistance with development of an evaluation plan.

Need Assistance?

For information or application materials contact our office at 1-800-338-7657.