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Expert Speaker Award (2019-2020)

Description of Award

This award supports member organizations through increasing knowledge of health information, particularly about National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and priorities. Additionally, this award supports the following aim of the program: 

  • Aim 8: The GMR will ensure that all network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and resources.

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.


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.


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
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, 2019 – April 30, 2020. All awards are made on a cost-reimbursement basis.


Application Instructions: 

Applications must be submitted using the online form, linked above. The full application is made available as a Word document for planning purposes, this is to enable applicants to prepare the application prior to submitting it in the online form. The program or event budget must be prepared using the budget spreadsheet, linked above. The budget spreadsheet must be attached to the online application form upon submission. If there are issues with the online application form, please contact the GMR at

Budget Guidelines

  • Funding will cover speaker fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).

Evaluation of Proposal

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. 
  • 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:

  • A final report must be submitted to the GMR office within 30 calendar days upon completion of the project, but no later than May 15, 2020. The Final Report Form template is available on the GMR website.
  • Activity reports must be submitted before the end of the month following the activity, when applicable. Contact for more information.
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:

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: 
Academic Institution
Community College
Health Sciences Library
Public Library
Public Health Organization