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Instruction Awards

Award Goals

The goal of the Instructional Award is to support Network members to offer continuing education courses, or other health information or technology-related classes within the Region.  Training should be directed to groups within NN/LM MAR (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania).
The award supports costs for course development, travel (per diems, hotel, transport, etc.) reproduction, communication and equipment or room rental, if needed.

Potential Projects

Funding may include but is not limited to, training to target:

  • Public, school or health science librarians
  • Health professionals
  • Health consumers
  • Educators

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full and Affiliate Network members in the NN/LM MAR (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply.

Availability of Funds

Awards will be up to $1,500 each and will be available on an ongoing basis until funds are expended.

All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System are subject to the Government’s availability of funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds.

The Government’s obligation under this contract is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for contract purposes can be made. 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.

Application Process

  • Applications are being accepted for course offerings completed before April 30, 2014
  • Eligible members can apply for up to $1,500
  • Put Instruction Award in the subject line

Budget Guidelines

  • Funding will cover costs for course development, travel (per diems, hotel, transport, etc.) reproduction, communication and equipment or room rental, if needed.

  • No indirect costs are allowed for this award.

  • Expenses are not allowed for:

    • Food
    • Furniture purchases

Period of Performance

  • Course offerings must be completed before April 30, 2014.

Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection include:

  • Appropriateness of course/class to complement the mission and goals of the NN/LM and the NN/LM MAR program
  • Applicant’s expertise in subject area
  • Applicant’s experience in providing instruction

Reporting Requirements

  • One final report will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System.  This will be due no later than 14 days after completion.
  • An Outreach Activity Collection Form will be submitted within 14 days of the event.  This form will be supplied by NN/LM MAR staff.
  • Reports will be posted to the NN/LM MAR website.
  • Awardee may be asked to participate in a Lunch with the RML session to discuss plans to incorporate knowledge gained into workflow within the institution.

Additional Requirements

Publication and Publicity

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this award in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication.  The NIH Public Access Policy at ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research.  It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PMC ( upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers ( are accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication.

The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information:

Website 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. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508.

Federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Section 501 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.

The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NN/LM must also meet these requirements.

[Information on 508 Compliance is located at]

Development of Training Materials

Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials.  Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse prior to developing materials.  Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.

Resources for Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Outreach Projects

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