Professional Development Awards

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Award Goals

The purpose of the Professional Development award is to enable individuals at National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) Network member institutions to expand their professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Potential Projects

Funding may include, but is not limited to:

  • Attendance at professional seminars
  • Continuing Education (CE) opportunities at meetings
  • Attendance at a professional meeting or conference to present results of a MAR-funded award
  • Fees incurred to host a symposium or trainer at home institution

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full and Affiliate Network members in the NN/LM MAR (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. 
  • Network member institutions are not eligible for more than 2 professional development awards in the same contract year. 

Availability of Funds

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 professional development opportunities completed before April 30, 2012.
  • Eligible members can apply for up to $2,500.
  • Applicants may submit a proposal (file type icon MS Word) and supporting documentation to NN/LM MAR at
  • Put Professional Development Award in the subject line.

Budget Guidelines

  • Funding will cover costs of professional development courses/conferences such as registration fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).
  • A narrative justification for each budget line item is required on the award application
  • No indirect costs are allowed for this award.

Period of Performance

  • Professional development opportunities must be completed before April 30, 2012.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by RML staff and awards will be funded based on:

  • Appropriateness of course/conference to areas of health science librarianship and health information access
  • Applicant’s expertise in subject area and/or interest in this area
  • Applicant demonstrates how the professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of the library/institution

Reporting Requirements

  • One final report will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System.  This will be due within 14 days of the professional development activity.
  • Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted.  The NN/LM MAR will provide additional information on the Online Contract Reports and accessing the system.
  • Portions of the final report, summarizing awardees’ experience and how they will use what was learned, will also be submitted for posting on the NN/LM MAR blog, newsletter, or a Lunch with the RML session. 

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 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 PubMed Central ( ) upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers ( are accessible to the public on PubMed Central 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.

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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.

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