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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

Participate in the NN/LM SE/A 5-minute Survey Series for a Chance to Win $1500

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region will request feedback about SE/A programming through a series of short, succinct online surveys beginning February 2 to March 2, 2015. These surveys will help prepare for the upcoming 2016-2021 cooperative agreement. Each of the four 5-question surveys will target different areas of focus and should take 5 minutes or less to complete.

Please consider participating in each of these surveys as they are announced through the SE/A Currents blog according to the schedule below. Each completed survey will enter participants into a drawing for a $1500.00 professional development award.

  • Monday, February 2, 2015: Education
  • Monday, February 9, 2015: Funding
  • Monday, February 16, 2015: Network/Exhibits
  • Monday, March 2, 2015: Communication

SE/A will also host an online discussion forum on Friday (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 3/6) 12-12:30pm ET to answer questions and hear comments about that week’s survey.

Questions about the survey questions or contest can be direct to Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator at

NLM Invites Participation in Teleconference to Report on a Request for Information and New Funding Mechanism for Regional Medical Libraries 2016-21 Award Cycle

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.

We are hosting a teleconference next Tuesday to discuss why we decided to go with this award mechanism. We will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

Join us:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET

Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode662939

Check out the NLM News announcement for more information!

Request for Applications: NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25)

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

On January 13, 2015, a new funding opportunity announcement was released entitled NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25).  The over-arching goal of this BD2K R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences for students and faculty, and for curriculum development.

The primary purpose of the NIH BD2K Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science program is to provide resources for eligible institutions to implement innovative approaches to research education for diverse students in Big Data science, including those from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research.  Higher education institutions listed in the FOA are eligible to apply.  Some institutions provide unique opportunities for access to students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Accordingly, the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program strongly encourages applications from the following institutions: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and institutions serving individuals living with disabilities. Applicants must collaborate with at least one NIH BD2K Center [NIH BD2K Centers] across the nation to develop the BD2K R25 program at the applicant institution.  Refer to RFA-MD-15-005 for details.

For questions, contact Program Official Dr. Pamela Thornton at

More NIH Funding opportunities to support NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education for developing educational resources for information professionals

Monday, December 1st, 2014


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that covers a comprehensive set of topics related to the management of biomedical Big Data. The primary audience for this course is librarians and information specialists, who could use these materials as the basis of training and services to graduate students, faculty, research staff and administrators at their organizations. However, the resource should also be usable by any of these audiences for self-instruction. Application due date: March 17, 2015


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of curriculum modules that can be used by librarians and other information specialists to prepare researchers, graduate students and research staff to be full participants in the global community that maintains and accesses digitally-stored biomedical Big Data. Application due date: March 17, 2015

Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Submissions are due December 31, 2014

Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science (Notice number NOT-LM-15-001)

An excerpt,

Some needed instructional resources for training in data management and data science are already available. Please identify resources and materials of interest with characteristics such as, but not limited to:

  • Graduate-level short courses, tutorials and workshops (online, in-person or hybrid) that are open to all;
  • Graduate-level online tutorials and modules;
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);
  • Curriculum plans or resources (including sample datasets or data management plans used in data management training;
  • Evaluation approaches for online data science or data management courses.

NIH is interested in collections (aggregations) of the above as well as individual topics. Materials for self-guided learning must be available online or for download in standard digital formats.

For each class or learning resource, please provide information that will help NIH identify and locate the resources, such as:

  • The name of the course or resource;
  • A URL for the online resource or a site that describes or offers the resource;
  • The sponsor of the resource, such as organization or instructor.

Additional information, is also welcome, including comments about the course or resource.


Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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