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Community Outreach Award

Description of Award

This award supports the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

This award meets the Aims of the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement, specifically:

  • Aim 10: The GMR staff will improve GMR consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better informed health care decisions throughout the five years of the award.

The purpose of this award is to improve consumer understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better-informed health care decisions throughout the GMR by working collaboratively with community organizations on community outreach projects


This award is available to network members within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR). For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page.

Potential Projects: 
  • Partnering with public libraries or other local organizations to improve community awareness of NLM resources and increase health literacy
  • Evaluating health information and training needs of a target audience and implementing a training plan for that audience
  • Programs to educate on locating and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet
  • Incorporating NLM health and science information resources into new or existing health programs
  • Development of curriculum or supplemental educational materials using NLM resources for K-12 populations
  • Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information
  • Improving access to health information and information technology for those groups without adequate access to library and information services
  • Exhibiting or presenting at local meetings or organizational events to promote NLM products and services (not health professional or library related conferences).

For more project ideas, please see Featured Projects.


Funding Period: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 to Sunday, April 30, 2017
Up to $5,000
Number of Awards Available: 


Application Instructions: 

Prepare your application using the form provided below. For assistance with applying, email the GMR office. Additional information is available in the Grants and Proposal Writing course online.

Please complete the checklist of expected Direct Beneficiaries.

Budget Spreadsheet template is included to assist with planning.


Budget Guidelines

  • We encourage institutions to waive Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) whenever possible. If not waived, IDC or F&A apply at your institution’s non-research rate, or, if your institution has no negotiate rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) rate will apply.
  • 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy.

Evaluation of Proposal

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

Criteria Points
The outreach project proposed will support the mission of the NN/LM and the aims of the GMR.
Evidence of need
The need for the project is clearly stated and supported, when possible, by data such as known needs assessments or statistics.
Target population
A clear description of the target population or audience of the project is provided.
Project objectives
Objectives for the project are reasonable and clearly listed.
Project implementation
A clear implementation plan is provided, including a description of how objectives will be met and a feasible timeline for meeting objectives.
Evaluation plan
The evaluation plan is tied to the goals and objectives and describes how the success of the project will be measured and the methods to be used to measure that success. Measures of success are provided for each objective. There is a plan to collect the required information for projects involving training and exhibiting/health fairs. The plan explains how and when the NN/LM forms will be used to collect the information. Refer to Refer to the NN/LM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials page for the type of information required to be submitted.
The budget is well justified to meet outreach objectives. Consider modifications that could be made to economize without jeopardizing the project.
CV(s) for the individual(s) undertaking the outreach activities are provided. Personnel have the experience and qualifications to successfully complete these activities.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

Web-based resources developed for the project should strive to ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Reporting Requirements: 

GMR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements. These reports are required for outreach awards:

  • Final Reports will be entered into the Outreach Applications and Online Cooperative Agreement Reports System within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award, but no later than May 15, 2017.

  • Activity reports will be entered into the Outreach Applications and Online Cooperative Agreement Reports System on or before the last day of each month following the end of the activity, when applicable.

  • Exhibit reports must be submitted to the GMR office using an exhibit report form, which will be provided to awardees. Report forms must be submitted to the GMR office by the end of the month in which the exhibiting activity took place.

  • Award recipients who provide exhibits, training or technology will be required to report specific information using forms under development by the NN/LM Evaluation Office. See the NN/LM Evaluation Materials page for information that will be reported. On the application, explain how and when you will use the NN/LM forms to collect the information. If you have planned additional evaluation of outreach activities, please add those plans as well.

NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NN/LM 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: 

All 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:

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 National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees 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 a disclaimer stating the following:

Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 1UG4LM012346-01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Need Assistance: 

For assistance with applying or any questions regarding the award, please email the GMR office.