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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 individuals working in GMR Network member organizations to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives.


Individuals working at organizations that are Network members within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page. Membership is free!

Potential Projects: 
  • Attend 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.
  • Attend a professional meeting and enroll in continuing education sessions on health information.


Up to $2,500
Additional Funding Information: 

All Professional Development awards are made on a cost reimbursement basis.

Funding Period:  Awards will be offered on a quarterly basis and on a first come first serve basis until funding for that quarter is expended. The following schedule outlines the quarterly funding periods:

  • First Quarter (May 01, 2018-July 31, 2018), applications accepted beginning April 2018 - closed
  • Second Quarter (August 01, 2018-October 31, 2018), applications accepted beginning July 2018 - closed
  • Third Quarter (November 1, 2018-January 31, 2019), applications accepted beginning October 2018
  • Fourth Quarter (February 1, 2019-April 30, 2019), applications accepted beginning January 2019

Evaluation of Proposal

All applications will be reviewed by GMR office staff and members of a work group established for this purpose. Notice of the award will be sent to applicants via email and publicized via the GMR listserv, the website, blog, and social media.
The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

Category Points
Educational Activity Within Scope of Award
Does this activity enhance the applicant's ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives? 
Value of Educational Activity
Does the educational activity meet the applicant's educational need? What will the impact be of the knowledge gained?
Is the budget justified and does it align with the purpose of the educational activity?
First Time Awardee
Priority is given to applicants not already funded within the grant period of performance (May1, 2016 through April 30, 2021). 
Evaluation Plan
How will the applicant use the information going forward? What will make this activity successful?

Award recipients are eligible for only one Professional Development Award per fiscal year (May 01, 2018-April 30, 2019).

Additional Information

Reporting Requirements: 

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

  • Report specific information using forms under development by the NNLM Evaluation Office. See the NNLM Evaluation Materials page for information to be reported through these forms.
  • Submit a post to the GMR blog, Midwest Matters, within 30 days upon completion of the funded development opportunity.
  • Submit a Final NNLM Project report in the OCR.
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. 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