National Network of Libraries of Medicine
English Arabic Chinese (Simplified) French Hindi Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish

Research Data Award

Description of Award

The NNLM supports access to biomedical and health information with the goal of making data discoverable, accessible, and citable. This national initiative of NNLM has led to the development of RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery, a resource for librarians and information professionals to discuss library roles in data science, fundamentals of domain sciences, and emerging trends in supporting biomedical research.

This award meets this goal of NNLM, to build capacity in data management practices, services and tools to support FAIR data guiding principles. 


The purpose of the Research Data Award is to support projects that demonstrate innovation in biomedical data management or support research data services.


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: 
  • Undergoing a data management needs assessment at a health agency or other institution involved in health research in order to develop a data management program
  • Host a data management workshop aimed at advancing the skills of health information professionals

We also encourage you to fill out our Award Interest Form to talk with one of our Outreach Specialists who can discuss project ideas.


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Up to $20,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Closed for 2018-2019
Additional Funding Information: 

All awards are made on a cost reimbursement basis, in some circumstances advance payments may be processed upon justification of need.

Budget Guidelines

  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) apply at applicant institution’s non-research rate, or, if the institution has no negotiate rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) made available.
  • 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 Department of Health & Human Services policy.

Evaluation of Proposal

Category Points
The project proposed will support the mission of the NNLM and the aims of the GMR.
Evidence of Need
The need for the project is clearly stated and supported by data, whenever possible.
Project Objectives
Objectives for the project are reasonable and clearly listed.
Project Implementation
An implementation plan is provided, including a description of how objectives will be met and a feasible timeline provided.
Evaluation Plan
Applicants should consult the GMR for guidance in developing their evaluation plans. Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it by the end of the project using the forms provided on the NNLM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials web page. If your project includes training, technology, exhibiting, or professional development activities, you will need to use these forms to collect and report this standard information. If you plan to do any of the outreach activities addressed on the Evaluation Materials page, describe how you intend to use the forms to collect the information in your evaluation plan. For projects needing different or additional evaluation methods, the NNLM Evaluation Office provides templates and evaluation planning worksheets on the 4 Steps to an Evaluation Plan web page to help develop evaluation plans for your project. Subaward applicants also might find other NNLM Evaluation Office publications and resources helpful in developing evaluation plans.
The budget is well justified to meet outreach objectives. Consider modifications that could be made to economize without jeopardizing the project.
CV(s) for the individual(s) undertaking the outreach activities are provided. Personnel have the experience and qualifications to successfully complete these activities.

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 outreach awards:

  • Final Reports must be submitted to the GMR office within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award, but no later than May 15, 2018. The Final Report Form is available on the GMR website.
  • Activity reports must be submitted on or before the last day of each month following the end of the activity, when applicable. Activity reports must be submitted through an online Activity Report Form on the GMR website.
  • Exhibit reports must be submitted to the GMR office using the Exhibit Report Form, which will be provided to awardees. Report forms must be submitted to the GMR office by the end of the month in which the exhibiting activity took place.
  • 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 (PMC) 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(link is external), 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 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.”