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MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION

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.

Awards to NNLM MAR members help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Awards also help advance the goals and objectives of the NLM Strategic Plan.

Background/Purpose: 

This award enables individuals at NNLM MAR network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience in data science or health information access/delivery. Funds can also be used to support high school, college and graduate students’ attendance at health sciences libraries or conferences.

Up to $5,000 of funding per award is available for five or more projects within the region.

Eligibility: 

Network member organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. If your institution is not a NNLM Member, submit an application for Membership at least 3 weeks prior to the funding deadline. Membership is not automatic. A Member record is required to successfully submit an application.

Potential Projects: 

Funding will be provided to individuals interested in attending professional seminars, conferences, training sessions, and other continuing education opportunities in areas of health science librarianship, e-Science, data management, data curation, evidence-based practice, or related disciplines. Funding can be used to provide a poster or paper on a previously funded NNLM project at a professional conference. Additionally, funding may be provided to network member institutions to host a CE event, workshop, or speaker.

Funds may not be used to attend a conference primarily for professional service, such as committee obligations. This funding is not available for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.

MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

Funding

Funding Period: 
Friday, May 15, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Amount: 
Up to $5,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Minimum of 5
Additional Funding Information: 

Please read all sections fully before beginning application.

Application

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
Note: 
Continuous reviews will take place for this award. Applications must be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks in advance of the activity date.
Application Instructions: 

Applications will only be accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Professional Development application template before entering information into the online system.

When the RML is accepting applications, you can scroll to the bottom of the browser window to access the online application. You must be logged in with your NNLM account to begin the submission process.

Budget Guidelines

  • Funding will cover costs of professional development courses/conferences such as registration or speaker fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).
  • We encourage institutions to waive Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) whenever possible. If not waived, IDC and F&A Costs apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or, if your institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it)
  • All NNLM MAR subawards are given to institutions, not individuals. The University of Pittsburgh will provide a sub-contract agreement for all approved projects. All subcontracts are cost reimbursement. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Invoices may be sent after completion of required reporting, no more than 60 days after the event.

Evaluation of Proposal

Review and Selection of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by NNLM MAR Staff.

Scored Review Criteria:
Scoring will be based on three criteria: Educational Activity Within Scope of Award, Significance/Objectives, and Budget.
Criteria scoring will follow the point scale for each criteria’s line item (NOTE:  5 is the highest score – the higher the score the better.)

5 = Information is extremely relevant in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
4 = Information is good in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
3 = Information is satisfactory in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
2 = Information is marginal in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
1 = Information is poor and does not support NNLM goals as outlined in the award

A separate, Overall Impact Score (1-5 scale) will indicate reviewer recommendation for funding as follows:

5 = Excellent Application. The project will have major impact on NNLM goals.
4 = Project has strong potential to satisfy NNLM goals.
3 = Project has limited impact or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
2 = Project will not advance the goals of NNLM.
1 = Project does not fit in the Award goals and NNLM mission.

Upon request, reviewer score sheets and comments will be shared with the applicant. If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given 1 week to submit more information.

Applications with an average score of 3 or higher for each of the ten criteria AND an overall impact ranking of 4 or higher will be given priority until funds are expended. In the event that there are more high scoring applications than available funds, institutions that have not received NNLM MAR funding since May 1, 2016 will be given priority.

Note: at the discretion of the MAR Executive Director, previous awardees that did not comply with award requirements may not be funded regardless of score.

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: 

Individuals: Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a report through the NNLM Evaluation Office.

Please refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s NNLM Evaluation Materials web page for the type of information you will need to report.

Groups: Within 10 days of event, recipients are required to submit an Activity Report in the NNLM Data Reporting System.

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: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the MAR Cooperative Agreement Award, 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 MAR 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/consortium participants 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 [publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Need Assistance: 

To request assistance with the online application form, contact us at nnlmmar@pitt.edu or (412) 648-2065.

MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

Category: 
Professional Development