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NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Award

Description of Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the Technology Improvement Award.
The Technology Improvement Award seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that is utilized to ensure access to high quality health information.


The NNLM MCR will fund awards up to $1,500 each. The amount of awards will be based on upcoming funding.
This award meets the Aims of the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement, specifically:

  • Implement a process for announcing, reviewing, and making sub-awards to regional Network members to help achieve outreach, education, and technology goals.
  • Monitor the regional Network membership program to measure success, to identify and resolve problems which impede the effective delivery of health information services.

To receive the funding award the library must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership may be confirmed by searching the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Potential Projects: 

Projects can include but are not limited to:

  • Experimenting with emerging technologies such as virtual/augmented reality, 3D printing, or smart devices used for health information access.
  • Purchasing computers for public areas such as clinic waiting rooms, nursing ward stations, and library public service areas
  • Establishing a mobile workstation to be used when providing information services outside of the library or department
  • Using mobile devices to support access to health information at the point-of-need, such as for emergency responders or patient care teams on bedside rounds
  • Equipping community health workers with mobile technologies to aid in providing remote instruction
  • Installing adaptive hardware and software to better enable individuals with disabilities to access computer-based health information


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, January 25, 2019
Up to $1500


Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Not sure if your project is within scope? Send a brief letter of intent with a project summary and estimated budget to and we will happy to review and advise.

Budget Guidelines

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:

  • Personnel
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Communications
  • Reproduction
  • Travel
  • Other
  • Direct Costs
  • Total costs of project

Evaluation of Proposal

All proposals are reviewed by select NNLM MCR staff.  If the reviewers have questions about your proposal it may be returned for clarification and revision.
See Appendix B in the application file for the criteria used to evaluation proposals. All applicants will be scored against these criteria and points assigned to each category. A fundable score is at least 75 points out of a possible 100 points.

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: 

The following reporting requirements are mandatory of award recipients:

Type of Reporting Required
Activity Reports X
Status Reports X
Final Reports X
Technology Improvement Report X
  • Activity Reports: Activities held in support of project objectives must be submitted before the 5th day of each month following the end of the activity. Activities to report include training, presentations, and site visits.
  • Status Reports: A status report is due before an award is renewed for the next year. Report must address progress towards meeting objectives, 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.
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 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 NNLM MCR Project Coordinator for potential distribution to sites like:

  • National Networks of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website (;
  • Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse website (;
  • Other sites 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 NNLM MCR ( 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 [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344. 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: 

If you have questions, please contact Alicia Lillich at or 913-588-7355.