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Professional Development 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 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 health sciences librarians and library students to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives. This award may be used to support individual professional development or to sponsor a speaker or instructor at an annual meeting, workshop or symposium for health sciences librarians.


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: 
  • Attend a workshop on searching for systematic reviews that utilizes PubMed.
  • Invite a speaker to present on the All of Us Research Program at a state or regional meeting for health sciences librarians.
  • Attend the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association meeting and participate in a NNLM-sponsored event at the meeting.
  • Sponsor an instructor to offer a CE session on third party PubMed tools at a state or regional meeting for health sciences librarians.


Funding Period: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Monday, April 30, 2018
Up to $2,000
Additional Funding Information: 
  • 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.


Application Instructions: 

Prepare your application using the Microsoft Word form provided above and email the finished application, along with any accompanying documents, to the GMR Office. Please include the award title in the subject line of your email.

Additional information is available in the Grants and Proposal Writing course online. 

Additional attachments to the application form include:

Evaluation of Proposal

All applications will be reviewed by GMR office staff and members of a work group established for this purpose. Notification of the award will be distributed to applicants via email and distributed to the public via the GMR LISTSERV®, the GMR website, and social media.

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:


Category Points
Value of Educational Activity
What educational need was filled by this development activity? How does the knowledge gained support the applicant's institution or position?
Interest of Expertise in Topic
What interest or experience in the topic did the applicant demonstrate?
Need for Financial Support
Was funding for this activity not available through the applicant's employer?
strong>First Time Applicant
Priority is given to first-time applicants, these applications will be awarded 10 points.
Impact of Knowledge Gained
What plans does the applicant have to use the knowledge gained through this opportunity?

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: 

Reporting and Evaluation
GMR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements. These reports are required for professional development awards:

  • Award recipients who are funded for professional development 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.
  • Blog post submitted to the GMR blog within 30 days upon completion of the funded development opportunity.

Curriculum Vitae:
Copies of current CVs for personnel undertaking the project must be included with the application.

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.

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 publicity, publications, presentations and posters developed from this funded opportunity 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.”

Professional Development