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Rapid Response Virtual Professional Development

Description of Award

This award supports the mission of the Network of the National Library 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.


This rapid response award enables individuals in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) to expand professional knowledge and experience in data science or health information access/delivery through virtual professionals. Funds can also be used to support high school, college and graduate students’ virtual attendance at health information professions conferences.

Up to $2,500 of funding per award is available for 10 or more individuals within the region.


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.
• Individuals living in or attending school in the Middle Atlantic Region are also eligible, provided that the professional development supports career goals in data sciences or health information access/delivery. Students in LIS programs and unemployed/furloughed library workers are encouraged to apply. If you are currently employed at an NNLM member organization, please include your membership information.

Potential Projects: 

This award pays registration fees for virtual professional development opportunities related to data science or health information access/delivery. Professional development course must be completed by April 30, 2021.

Potential sources of training include:
Critical Appraisal for Librarians course (January 26-March 16, 2021)
Medical Library Association CE passport (purchase must be made by October 31, 2020)
Library Juice Academy (course must be relevant to goals of award)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) virtual conference (April 2021)
AMIA 2020 Virtual Annual Symposium (November 14-18, 2020)

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.


Funding Period: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Up to $2,500
Number of Awards Available: 
Minimum of 10


Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
Submit application at least 5 business days before the course/training. No later than March 1, 2021. Continuous reviews will take place for this award. The opportunity will close when funds are expended so early application is strongly encouraged.
Application Instructions: 

Applications will only be accepted online via Qualtrics. Applications must be received at least 5 business days before the course/training.

Budget Guidelines

  • This award will cover registration costs for virtual professional development. No other fees are allowed. We are unable to fund membership fees.
  • After receipt of an invoice and completed Professional Development report, the University of Pittsburgh will reimburse the awardee or awardee’s institution.

Evaluation of Proposal

Review and Selection of Proposals
Criteria for selection include: how opportunity enhances award goals (5 points) and value of the information gained through the activity to the applicant (5 points).

Application Review Process
As they are received, applications will be reviewed by NNLM MAR staff. The applications will be given a score (0-10) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The highest scored applications will be funded as funding allows. Applications receiving a score under 6 will not be funded.
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: 

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:

  • Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
  • Other site specifically designated by the NLM as part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (considering changes in the project and data repositories required to maintain sharing within the Network).

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with NNLM 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 Network of the National Library 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 contact us at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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