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Data Internship Award

Description of Award

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is committed to supporting access to biomedical and health information with the goal of making data discoverable, accessible, and citable. NNLM is committed to supporting NLM’s vision to increase access to biomedical and health information with the goal of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). One outcome of this initiative is the NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery website. This award looks to expand awareness of and build the professional competencies of students in the field of data science and research data management.


The purpose of the Library Data Internship Award is to build capacity in the library and information science community to support data-driven research and health. To do so, the GMR will provide funding to support health sciences libraries within the Greater Midwest Region to offer a student internship focused on data services. This internship should be designed to enable participating students to achieve basic level proficiency from one of the Performance Indicators outlined in the linked article, The Medical Library Association Data Services Competency: a framework for data science and open science skills development, and listed below:

  1. Applies principles of data literacy
  2. Establishes and advances data services
  3. Supports research data best practices across the data lifecycle
  4. Applies knowledge of research methods, research ethics and rigor, and open science practices
  5. Provides training and consultation for data-related topics

In addition, the internship should clearly identify how the work will support at least one of the Data Science Areas of Activity as outlined on the Opportunities for Building Capacity in the Library and Information Science Community to Support Data-Driven Research and Health webpage. Applicants are encouraged to view Where OET & NNLM Can Build Capacity to review possible project ideas.


Health Sciences Libraries within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) that are members of NNLM are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page.

Potential Projects: 

Potential Internship Projects might involve the student in: 

  • Developing an online video series describing FAIR principles
  • Conducting a data management needs assessment
  • Hosting a data management workshop
  • Creating data visualizations for the library and its users

Previously funded projects can be viewed in our Past Funded Projects database. We also encourage you to fill out our GMR Award Interest Form online to talk with one of our Outreach Specialists who can discuss project ideas.


Funding Period: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Up to $10,000
Additional Funding Information: 

Application Deadline: Rolling
Note: Central Time
Application Link: Data Internship Award Application


Application Instructions: 

Applications must be submitted using the form below. If there are issues with the online application form, please contact the GMR at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu.

Budget Guidelines

  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) apply at applicant institution’s non-research rate, or, if the institution has no negotiate rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) made available.
  • 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 Department of Health & Human Services policy

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications for awards will be reviewed by office staff. First consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, September 18. After that date, applications will be approved on a rolling basis until funds have been exhausted. Applications must score a minimum of 80 to be eligible for funding. The anticipated number of awards available is three. 

Notice of the award will be sent to applicants via email and publicized via the GMR newsletter, website, blog, and/or social media.

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications: Scale: 1-100

  • Significance (15 points max)
    • The project proposed identifies how it will support NLM’s strategic plan by identifying at least one Data Science Areas of Activity that will be addressed.
  • Evidence of need (5 points max)
    • The need for the project is clearly stated and supported by data, whenever possible.
  • Project goals and objectives (20 points max)
    • Objectives for the project are reasonable and clearly listed.
    • The objectives and goals will assist the student in achieving basic level proficiency from one of the listed Performance Indicators
  • Project implementation and timeline (20 points max)
    • An implementation plan is provided, including a description of how objectives will be met, and a feasible timeline provided.
  • Evaluation plan (20 points max)
    • 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 NNLM evaluation forms will be used to collect the information. Refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials page for more information.
  • Continuity/Sustainability Plan (10 points max)
    • A clear indication as to how this project will be continued beyond the funding period or how the information learned will be used to further the stated objectives
  • Budget (5 points max)
    • The budget is well justified to meet outreach objectives. Consider modifications that could be made to economize without jeopardizing the project.
  • Personnel (5 points max)
    • 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 this award:

  • Final Reports must be submitted to the GMR office within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award, but no later than May 15, 2021.
  • Activity reports must be submitted on or before the last day of each month following the end of the activity, when applicable.
  • Award recipients who provide exhibits, training or technology will be required to report specific information using forms under development by the NNLM Evaluation Office. See the NNLM Evaluation Materials page for information that will be reported through these forms.
NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central (PMC) 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:

  • Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) website;
  • Other site 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 the GMR 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 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 UG4LM012346. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
Organization Type: 
Academic Institution
Health Sciences Library