Region 6 Partner Outreach Program (POP) Community Focus Award

Funding

Period of Performance
February 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022
Amount
$14,999
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 3
Application Deadline
January 4, 2022, 12:59 am EST
Additional Funding Information

To be eligible for this award, the organization must be an established NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program (POP) Ambassador Organization.

The award is up to $14,999. Applicants are not required to budget to the maximum amount. You can request less. Only budget what is justifiable to produce a Community Health Information Assessment Report within the three-month performance period. 

Contact Darlene Kaskie, NNLM Region 6 Community Engagement Coordinator, darlene-kaskie@uiowa.edu.

Description of Award

The Partner Outreach Program (POP) Community Focus Award is a short-term, supplemental award to support the outreach of the fifteen established NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program (POP) Ambassador Organizations.

    Background/Purpose

    The purpose of the Partner Outreach Program (POP) Community Focus Award is to help the Ambassador Organization identify and engage meaningfully and intentionally with communities at high risk for health literacy or digital health literacy.

    The end product for this award is a Community Health Information Assessment Report [Template 161 KB PDF], which will provide evidence to inform and develop POP engagement activities for potential consumer health literacy or digital health literacy outreach or health information workforce training to advance health information equity.

    The Community Health Information Assessment Report will answer the following questions:

    • Who is at high risk for health literacy or digital health literacy? (More than one community or population can be identified/assessed)
    • What is their primary health information need? (More than one determinant can be identified)
    • Why engage in this health information need? (Describe the population or community benefits or potential outcomes)
    Proposal Requirements and Preferences

    Priority is given in support of communities that qualify as an underrepresented population as determined to be those experiencing health disparities as a result of their: race and ethnicity; biological sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation; cognitive and physical abilities; religious background, or identification; socio-economic status (past and current); education level; geographic location or other factors or demographics that create unequal access to the highest level of health.

    Potential Project Ideas

    Consider the geographical area(s) you support as an NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program Ambassador. The Community Guide to Advance Health Information Equity may help inform you of communities or populations to prioritize or help you locate supporting resources or partner organizations.

    Need more assistance or have questions? Contact Darlene Kaskie, NNLM Region 6 Community Engagement Coordinator, darlene-kaskie@uiowa.edu.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this award, the organization must be an established NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program (POP) Ambassador Organization.

    Application Instructions

    Online Application Overview

    You will submit your application using the NNLM Online Application System. It is recommended that you become familiar with all sections of the application process and prepare your application materials in advance since there is no “save feature” to pause and return later.

    Project Proposal

    It is recommended that you draft your project proposal in advance using the POP Project Proposal Plan and Evaluation Template [141 KB PDF] and the following outline:

    • Lead Organization: Select the institution that will lead and receive funding to conduct the proposed project.
      • If the drop-down list appears blank, confirm that your NNLM account is connected to the NNLM Member record for your institution. (See System Requirements above)
    • Project Lead: If you are the Project Lead, select your own name from the drop-down list. If you are submitting this application on behalf of the Project Lead, select their name from the drop-down list.
      • If the name of the Project Lead does not appear in the drop-down list, confirm that their NNLM account is connected to the NNLM Member record for the institution. (See System Requirements above)
    • Institution Tax ID: Enter the 9-digit tax identification number for your institution
    • Institution DUNS Number: Please confirm your organization’s DUNS number. If you do not have a DUNS number, apply for one as soon as possible. You must have an organization DUNS number in order to complete and submit your application.
    • Have you/your institution previously received NNLM funding in the current grant cycle? Select Yes, No, or I don’t know.
    • Amount Requested: The amount specified should not exceed the $15,000 limit established by NNLM Region 6. This field will accept numbers only. Enter the amount to the nearest whole dollar.
    • Program/Event Name: Describe the project with an external audience in mind. Funded projects are displayed on the NNLM website and are provided by NLM in response to data calls from NIH, HHS, OMB, Congress, and the White House.
    • Program/Event Summary: Provide a one-paragraph description that summarizes the proposed project. Funded projects are displayed on the NNLM website and are provided by NLM in response to requests from NIH, HHS, OMB, Congress, and the White House.
    • Proposed Start and End Dates for the Project: Your project starts February 1, 2022, and ends April 30, 2022.
    • Demographics Identify specific demographic(s) this project plans to reach/benefit. If no specific demographic(s) are targeted, leave this field blank. (Do NOT identify demographics that MAY participate in or benefit from this project).
    Budget

    Applicants are not required to budget to the maximum amount. You can request less. Only budget what is justifiable to produce a Community Health Information Assessment Report within the three-month performance period. 

    For the purpose of researching, collecting, and analyzing information and data to produce the Community Health Information Assessment Report, consider funds for the following (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

    • Staff time
    • Contract research or consulting fees
    • Technology and software purchases
    • Costs for producing and distributing surveys

    Prepare your budget by downloading and using the Budget Template and the Budget Justification Template. Enter each amount to the nearest whole dollar. If a budget line is not applicable to your project, you may leave it blank.

    The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:

    Personnel: Include (hourly rate X estimated hours) or (% time X annual salary) in the budget justification attachments or descriptions.

    Consultant Costs: Estimated expenses from consultants, such as marketing firms or other agencies. Prior to hiring Consultants, submit the following information to Region 6: name of the consultant, description of work, hourly rate, total amount/not to exceed the amount, and period of performance.

    Equipment: Quotes for specialized equipment that cost more than $5,000. Include quotes received or other pricing information in the budget justification.

    Supplies: Quotes for computers, printing, software, and other materials or supplies to be used specifically for this project.

    Travel: Estimates for travel. Include a description and any quotes in the attached budget or as other attachments.

    Other: Include description and any quotes in the attached budget or as other attachments.

    Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: Apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or if your institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it). Indirect Costs need to be factored into your overall budget. The total budget cannot exceed the limit defined by the RML/Office you are applying to, including Indirect Costs.

    Other Funding if Applicable: Other funds that will be used to support the project should be specified. This includes matching funds, other grants, etc. Accessible virtual programs and projects are encouraged. Allowable related costs may include social media campaigns, digital library collections (e-books/audio), speaker fees, closed captioning, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, and digital platform subscriptions.

    Funding restrictions: Food, promotional items, and furniture are not allowable expenses. Promotional items include but are not limited to clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Refer to the NIH Grants Policy.

    Demographics

    The NNLM Region 6 commits to prioritizing support for underrepresented populations through meaningful engagement, which requires support from all of our regional members and partners. Underrepresented populations are determined to be those experiencing health disparities as a result of their: race and ethnicity; biological sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation; cognitive and physical abilities; religious background or identification; socio-economic status (past and current); education level, health literacy, and linguistic needs; geographic location including underrepresented populations from medically underserved areas; or other factors or demographics that create unequal access to the highest level of health (please refer to the January 2019 Special Supplement by the American Journal of Public Health about health disparities research for more information).

    Attachments

    The following materials must be fully complete before submitting as attachments:

    • Primary Project Staff Resumes/CVs (Accepted formats: DOC, DOCX, TXT, PDF)
    • Letter(s) of Commitment (Accepted formats: DOC, DOCX, TXT, PDF)
    • Budget Template
    • Budget Justification Template

    You may only upload one file at a time. If you have more than one attachment, it is recommended that you combine all attachments into one document and upload it as a single file. Please note: The file size for each attachment may not exceed the 40 MB limit.

    Acknowledgements

    You are required to acknowledge the following statements before submitting an application:

    • You will share the information gained with colleagues in your institution/RML/Office, as required by the Request for Proposal.
    • You will submit regular, interim & final reports, as requested by the funding agency & stipulated in the Request for Proposal.
    • Any web-based resources developed for this project will ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people.
    • Additional documentation will need to be completed should your project be awarded. Please consult with your RML/Office for details.

    Choose Yes to indicate your acknowledgment.

    Proposal Submission

    Submit your application online using the button at the top of this page that says "Apply for this Grant."

    Additional Information

    Grant Writing Resources

    The following resources are available to help you write your application proposal in consideration of developing a Community Health Information Assessment Report:

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    NIH Public Access Policy

    Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

    Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials

    To facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all sub-awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

    • Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) website;
    • Other websites are specifically designated by the NLM as part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (considering changes in the project and data repositories required to maintain sharing within the Network).

    In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with your RML/Office and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.

    Publication and Copyrighting

    Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.

    NIH Acknowledgement

    Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and the following disclaimer:

    Developed resources reported in this [e.g., publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013729. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    Application Review and Scoring Criteria

    • Complete applications will be reviewed by the staff of the NNLM Region 6.
    • Reviewers will use the standardized Health Information Outreach Request for Proposal (RFP) Scorecard developed by the NNLM National Evaluation Center.
    • If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given one week to submit additional or revised information.
    • Applicants will be notified of the funding decision and will receive a copy of reviewer score sheets and comments.
    • Region 6 will initiate a sub-award agreement for all approved projects.
    • All sub-awards are cost-reimbursable. Reimbursements are issued to the institution, not the individual. Line-item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Only expenses incurred and invoiced within the performance period are eligible for reimbursement. Invoices may be submitted as frequently as monthly.
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