All of Us Library Programs and Projects Community Engagement (small)
Description of Award
The purpose of this award is to support short-term library programs and related projects that involve advancing health information resources.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through the All of Us Library Programs and Projects Community Engagement Subawards to be conducted by network members and community groups in support of the NNLM mission to broaden access to health information. The award’s primary aims are to broaden access to and awareness of health information resources, with an emphasis on those resources provided by the NLM, and to increase communication channels among librarians, health care professionals, government, and community-based organizations.
Specifically, the Community Engagement Award seeks to address the following aims and intended outcomes of the NNLM MCR from the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement:
Aim: The NNLM MCR supports the All of Us Community Engagement Network to improve consumer access to high-quality health information in at-risk and medically underserved communities within our six-state region.
Awardees are encouraged to focus on collaborating with local community groups and other key groups to reach underserved populations in the region with health information programming and outreach projects. Proposals that capitalize on public library partnerships with other types of libraries, community-based organizations, health-care providers and/or community members are especially sought.
Please read ALL sections fully before beginning application
Submit an electronic version of the proposal to both George Strawley, Engagement Coordinator, NNLM MCR at firstname.lastname@example.org. AND the MCR’s general mailbox at email@example.com. Please include the name of the award in the subject line.
The award administrator is George Strawley, firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 581-5242.
Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas with their state NNLM engagement coordinator or with MCR All of Us Engagement Coordinator George Strawley at email@example.com or (801) 581-5242.
Resources to assist applicants in writing proposals, can be found here:
Prepare your proposal using the following outline:
I. Background Information
- Working title for the project
- Name of the library or other organization submitting the proposal
- Institution tax ID
- Date of submission
- Project lead’s name, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers
- Amount being requested
- Any other funding received for this project.
II. Project Proposal
- Evidence of need for the project: Clearly explain the need for the project. Include important demographic information that supports the need for the project or about the target population, describe information resources or services which are currently available, information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to access. Also, applicants should cite any known needs assessments, formal or otherwise, any relevant statistics or literature that support the needs identified.
- Diversity and inclusion: Explain how this project supports building or enhancing diversity and inclusion with your library community.
- NLM Resources: Note what NLM resource(s) you will be highlighting and how they will be incorporated into your outreach or programming.
- Project goals and objectives: State the goal(s) and specific objective(s) of the proposed project, consider process objectives about what will be done (outputs) and outcomes-based objectives that specify what will happen or change as a result. Indicate the rationale for the plan.
- Implementation: Discuss in detail how the project will be implemented. Include tasks to be performed and who will perform them.
- Schedule/Timeline: Provide a timeline for the project.
- Publicity: Provide a plan for promoting the project to the targeted organization or community. Examples would include sharing successes or challenges as the project is implemented on a monthly basis through a Facebook post, a tweet, or captioned Instagram post that the MCR can share.
- Personnel: Identify all project personnel and their role in the project. If you plan to hire consultants, please notify the engagement coordinator.
- Specific Populations/Roles of Participants/Goals: Form must be included with your proposal. The form can be downloaded at: https://nnlm.gov/sites/default/files/ner/files/REQUIRED%20FORM_Specific%20Populations_Roles%20of%20Participants_Goals1.pdf
- Project Partners: If applicable, describe any institution(s) that you will be working with for this project. Partners may include other public libraries, health sciences libraries, health-care providers, community-based organizations, or community members.
- Evaluation plan: Describe how the success of the project will be measured and the methods to be used to measure that success. Evaluation should be tied to project goals and objectives. Describe the measures of success for each objective. Output/process objectives are usually measured quantitatively. Outcome measures may be quantitative or qualitative.
The subaward applicants should consult the NNLM MCR office for guidance in developing their evaluation plans. Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it by the end of the project using the forms provided on the NNLM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials web page (https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evalmaterials). If your project includes training, technology, exhibiting, or professional development activities, you will need to use these forms to collect and report this standard information. If you plan to do any of the outreach activities addressed on the Evaluation Materials page, describe how you intend to use the forms to collect the information in your evaluation plan.
For projects needing different or additional evaluation methods, the NNLM Evaluation Office provides templates and evaluation planning worksheets on the 4 Steps to an Evaluation Plan (https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evaluationresources) web page to help develop evaluation plans for your project. Subaward applicants also might find other NNLM Evaluation Office resources (https://nnlm.gov/neo/guides/tools) helpful in developing evaluation plans.
Public Library Applicants – The Public Library Association’s Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services with simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes (https://www.projectoutcome.org/).
- Continuation plan: Describe the activities that will continue project services to the targeted community or the institution's intent to maintain communication or service to the target population beyond the grant period. If the project is expected to continue after the funded period, include information on how it will be funded.
III. Budget (see Budget Guidelines below)
Additional attachments, including letters of support from institution(s)/partner(s), CVs or resumes of key personnel, quotes, etc.
Proposals must include a budget table or spreadsheet for the costs in each category. Include a narrative justification for budget items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project.
The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:
- Consultant Costs (hourly rate)
- Direct Costs
- Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (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)
- Total cost of project
Food, promotional items and furniture are not allowable expenses. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Refer to the policy: http://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/spending-on-promotional- items/index.html
Evaluation of Proposal
Select NNLM MCR staff and a representative of the public library community will review all proposals. If the reviewers have questions about your proposal, it may be returned for clarification and revision. One application receiving a numeric score of at least 90 from each state will be funded until funding is exhausted. Applicants will receive a copy of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding.
Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-100
SIGNIFICANCE: Does the proposed program make a significant contribution to the mission of NNLM?
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by:
Possible points: 25
Possible points: 30
PERSONNEL: Who is going to do it, why are they the best?
Possible points: 20
BUDGET: Is this reasonable?
Possible points: 25
Possible Total Points: 100
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:
- Excellent Application. Will have major impact on NNLM goals.
- Has strong potential.
- Limited impact, or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
- The project will not advance the goals of NNLM.
- Application does not fit in the NNLM mission.
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. (https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/index.html)
The following reporting requirements are mandatory of award recipients:
- Activity Reports: Activities conducted as a part of the project must be submitted through the NNLM’s activity reporting system before the 5th day of each month following the end of the activity. Examples include training sessions held, presentations, site visits and programs conducted.
- Exhibit Reports: If an exhibit at a health fair, community gathering or similar event is conducted, MCR staff will enter an exhibit report on or before the 5th day of each month following the end of the exhibit. Recipients of Exhibit Awards will be required to submit data from the exhibit 30 days after the event. Data include: attendance, materials distributed, and number of contacts made. https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evalmaterials
- Status Reports: Due 14 days after request, the report must address progress towards meeting objectives, recent activities, an ongoing evaluation or assessment of the project’s effectiveness, and an overview of future of work to be completed.
- Final Reports: A final report of project activities, outcomes, and evaluation findings must be submitted within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award.
- Technology Improvement Reports: If technology is provided to your organization through funding from an NNLM sub-award, you will complete a Technology Improvement Report by the end of your subaward period. https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evalmaterials#technology
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. (https://publicaccess.nih.gov/)
In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM MCR 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:
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website: (https://nnlm.gov)
- Other site specifically designated by the NLM as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with MCR and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.
Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/html5/section_8/8.2_availability_of_research_results_publications__intellectual_property_rights__and_sharing_research_resources.htm#Rights), the NIH must be given a royalty-free, non-exclusive, 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 subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.
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 [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 5UG4LM012344. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
To request assistance, contact George Strawley: firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 581-5242.