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GREATER MIDWEST REGION

Quick Response COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award Call for Applications

Description of Award

The award enables organizations to develop and offer programs, including pilot projects, that will impact health literacy and health information needs related to the COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic in the Greater Midwest Region. This award will provide funds for organizations to offer health information and related programming within their community.
 
The proposal should be directed at ensuring the general public and/or the health professionals that serve them are aware of, and have access to, high quality information resources to make informed health care decisions and manage mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This also includes tools and training to manage information overload or combat misinformation.
 
Priority will be given to proposals supporting NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations as defined under the Evaluation Criteria section.

**This award is contingent upon funding available from the sponsoring agency.**
Background/Purpose: 

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is 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.

The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the NNLM, funding opportunities are offered by the GMR to provide resources to libraries, community-based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the Greater Midwest Region of the United States. States served by the GMR include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The objectives of the program are to:

  • Improve health information access for patients, patrons, and the public, relating to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
  • Provide access to health information in a way that is meaningful to the target population.
  • Increase awareness and utilization of NIH, NLM, and CDC as authoritative resources on COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
  • Provide training, teaching skills, or creating resources relating to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
    • Optional topics: combating health misinformation or information overload.

Proposals should be directed at ensuring the general public and/or the health providers that serve them are aware of, and have access to, high quality information resources to make informed health care decisions relating to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2. Awardees should look for opportunities to incorporate resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

Eligibility: 

Network members in the NNLM GMR (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information.
 
Information on how to Join the Network is on the GMR website. If you already have an NNLM ID, please make sure that your NNLM account is connected with your institution before beginning the application process. Contact gmr-lib@uiowa.edu as needed for account verification.

Potential Projects: 

Potential projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Designing COVID-19 instruction modules and elective courses
  • Integrating digital content, including alternatives to print materials, into the evolving online learning environment
  • Developing innovative ways to reach underrepresented populations that enhance access to information related to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
  • Assisting communities or agencies in acquiring information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources
  • Promoting health information literacy related to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2, including resources on how to effectively communicate with the general public
  • Implementing a campaign to educate communities about COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2, vaccines, and clinical trials
  • Encouraging partnerships between public, hospital and school libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, health clinics, public health departments, and other public venues

Funding

Funding Period: 
Friday, January 1, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Amount: 
Up to $49,999
Number of Awards Available: 
Up to three
Additional Funding Information: 

After the proposal submission deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a regional review committee. This committee will be composed of regional office staff. The proposals will be given a technical score (0-100 points) based on the listed evaluation criteria available online. The highest scored proposals will be funded, as funding allows.

Disallowance of Human Subjects Research
Projects containing Human Subjects Research components will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

Invoicing and Reimbursement
This is a cost reimbursable agreement. Detailed invoices shall be submitted on a monthly basis and final invoices will be submitted to the Institution no later than 60 days after the termination date of the Agreement.

Promotional Items
Promotional items are not allowable. 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. Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended. More information is located at: HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items.

Application

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
Note: 
Central Time
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the Award Application, Direct Beneficiaries, and any supporting letters and documentation to the GMR Office via the application portal on this webpage below. If you have any issues with the online portal application process, contact us via the GMR email link.

Budget Guidelines

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis through the University of Iowa.
 
Funding will cover (these are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive): Personnel, equipment, software, supplies, travel and reproduction.
 
Food and furniture costs are not allowed.
 
IDC is allowable. The institution’s negotiated rate for other sponsored activities should be used. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate a maximum of 10% can be used for IDC.
 
Funding for these awards are contingent on the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer. These funds will be subject to regulations up to and including 2 CFR 200.
 

Evaluation of Proposal

Reviewers made up of NNLM GMR staff will review and score applications based on the scoring criteria and criteria line items in the RFP Scorecard.
 
Notice of the award will be sent to applicants via email and publicized via the GMR newsletter, website, blog, and/or social media. All awards are cost reimbursement. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures.
 
NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations: Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. (More information is available at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website.)

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements. More information on 508 Compliance is available online.
 

Reporting Requirements: 

If applicable, activity and exhibit reports will be required within 10 days of the event. A final report will be required no later than May 15, 2021. Reports will be entered and submitted to the NLM online reporting system.
 
If the project includes training, technology improvement, exhibiting/health fairs, or professional development activities, specific information must be submitted using forms provided by NNLM. The GMR will provide additional information on the online reporting system and accessing the system upon award.

Invoicing and Reimbursement
This is a cost reimbursable agreement. Detailed invoices shall be submitted on a monthly basis and final invoices will be submitted to the Institution no later than 60 days after the termination date of the Agreement.

NIH Public Access Policy: 

All publications must be registered with PubMed Central (PMC) immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

Successful applicants are required to use or adapt existing NLM training materials if the curricular material will meet your needs. GMR staff are available to provide consultation on applicable NLM resources for your target audience if needed.
 
All materials developed should be 508 Compliant. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. All materials created for these projects should be uploaded to the NNLM Learning Object Repository.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

All publications must be registered with PubMed Central (PMC) immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Acknowledgement: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine in all publications, presentations, and posters by stating:
 
This project has been supported in part or in full by Federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012346. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Need Assistance: 

Need help? Contact the GMR Office via email.

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