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Professional Development Award

Description of Award

The goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM's web-based information resources.


The purpose of the Professional Development Award is to support individuals at NNLM MAR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience in order to provide improved health information access and delivery.

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.
  • Network members 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.
  • Regional MLA chapters AND Network member institutions are eligible for multiple awards in the same grant year to host a CE event.
  • Individual Network members are eligible for one professional development award in the same grant year.  Priority will be given to first time applicants. Only one individual award will be given per institution
Potential Projects: 

Funding may be used for: 

  • Regional MLA chapters or Network member institutions to host a CE event, workshop or speaker
  • Individual attendance at a professional seminar
  • Individual or institutional CE opportunities
  • Attendance at a professional meeting or conference to present results of a MAR-funded award
  • In 2017-2018, Network members are encouraged to use this award to host educational opportunities surrounding data science.


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 
minimum of 7
Additional Funding Information: 
  • Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.
  • Please read all sections fully before beginning application.
  • This funding is not available for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.


continuous while funds are available
Application Instructions: 

One electronic version of the proposal must be submitted to Please include the name of the award in the subject line.

Required Attachments:

  • Completed Beneficiaries and Goals Checklist

Note: do not include additional attachments unless requested.

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)

Evaluation of Proposal

Proposals will be reviewed by the NNLM MAR Review Committee. The Review Committee is made up of MAR staff and Special Advisory Group members. Applicants will receive a summary of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding. If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given 1 week to submit more information.

Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-100

  • Significance (30 points max)
    • Does the proposed program make a significant contribution to the mission of NNLM?
    • Is there information on the target population provided?
    • Are there estimates of the potential population and the portion expected to be reached?
    • Is the target group or population described and the actual or perceived need for the proposed program is discussed?
    • Estimation of the program's potential impact on future information services to this group or population is discussed.
  • Methodology/Approach (50 points max)
    • The logic and feasibility of the technical approach to reaching the target group or community.
    • The types of outreach services provided for the target population with consideration given to the appropriateness, creativity and cost effectiveness of the methods proposed.
    • Statement or plan to continue support of services beyond the project period.
    • The extent to which the proposed project adds value to other initiatives to improve the target population's access to the Internet.
    • Does the project use local partners?
    • Inclusion of a timeline or implementation schedule for major events and activities.
    • Appropriate NLM resources are utilized or use of alternate information resources is justified.
  • Investigators (10 points max)
    • Does the proposed personnel have experience in developing and conducting outreach and/or training programs in health information for patients, the public or health professionals?
    • Does the proposed personnel have prior experience working with the target group?
    • Is there evidence of institutional facilities and resources adequate to support the proposed programs?
    • If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the project team?
  • Budget (10 points max)
    • Is the proposed budget within funding limits?
    • Is the budget justification sound?
    • Could budget items be eliminated or reduced without jeopardizing the project?

Overall Impact: reviewers will provide an overall impact assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained influence on the population targeted. Final recommendations include:

  • Application does not fit in the NNLM mission.
  • The project will not advance the goals of NNLM.
  • Limited impact or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
  • Has strong potential.
  • Excellent Application. Will have major impact on NNLM goals.

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: 

If applying for individual attendance, you will need to complete the standard NNLM Professional Development form.

All awardees will need to submit a final report to the Outreach Applications and Online Cooperative Agreement Reports System. It is recommended that you use the NNLM Training form for evaluation of group training.

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 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, 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.

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