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Expert Speaker Award

Description of Award

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

  • Aim 8: The GMR staff will ensure that all GMR network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and resources such as PubMed so that health professionals receive quality support from GMR Network libraries throughout the five years of the grant.

The purpose of this award is to assist network members to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NLM priorities.

Current NNLM initiatives / NLM and NIH priority areas include:


Network members within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page.

Potential Projects: 
  • Provide a workshop on searching for systematic reviews for health sciences librarians that utilizes PubMed.
  • Sponsor an instructor to offer a CE session on National Library of Medicine resources at state or regional meeting for public librarians.
  • Sponsor an expert speaker to deliver the keynote at a regional MLA conference.
  • Program an speaker presentation tied to an NLM traveling exhibit which introduces participants to NLM resources.


Funding Period: 
Friday, May 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Up to $2,500
Additional Funding Information: 

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is exhausted. The proposed project may take place any time within the funding period, May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021. 


Application Instructions: 

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

Budget Guidelines

  • Funding will cover speaker fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).
  • All awards are made on a cost reimbursement basis.

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications will be reviewed by GMR office staff. Notice of the award will be sent to applicants via email and publicized via the GMR listserv, the website, blog, and/or social media. The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-100

  • Significance (40 points max)
    • The project proposed will emphasize NLM resources or NLM priorities (citizen science, HIV/AIDS, NIH HEAL, engaging Library Information Sciences students to be health sciences champions).
  • Evidence of need (20 points max)
    • The need for the project is clearly stated and supported by data, whenever possible.
  • Audience (20 points max)
    • The project proposed involves a topic and location which is likely to attract an audience, such as professionals from organizations that provide health information to the public.
  • Personnel (20 points max)
    • CV(s) for the individual(s) undertaking the outreach activities are provided. Personnel have the experience and qualifications to complete the project.

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 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);
  • 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.

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. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

Professional Development
Organization Type: 
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