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STEM Outreach Award

Description of Award

This award enables organizations to develop and offer STEM educational programs that will increase K-12 student and/or library patron knowledge of the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the South Central Region.


The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is 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.
The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM SCR to provide resources to libraries, community based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The purpose of this award is to enable organizations to develop and offer STEM educational programs that will increase K-12 student and/or library patron knowledge of the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the South Central Region.

Award Goals

The goals of the STEM Outreach Award is to fund projects that integrate a health information educational component into programs that:

  • Create educational programs to increase K-12 students or Public Library young adult patron knowledge of STEM subject disciplines. 
  • Help to train Public Library staff or K-12 educators how to develop or create STEM programming for their students or communities they serve.

Network members in the NNLM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information. To apply for membership: Public libraries, school libraries, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Disallowance of Human Subjects Research

Projects containing Human Subjects Research components are disallowed via the NIH UG4 funding mechanism. Proposals containing Human Subjects Research will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

Potential Projects: 

Proposals should be directed at improving student or library young adult patron knowledge of STEM content while introducing them to authoritative health information resources.

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):

  • Building program curriculum that integrates health information resources into STEM educational modules.

  • In-service training for K-12 Educators or Public Library Staff in STEM programming best practices.

  • Developing partnerships with school librarians, primary and secondary school teachers (health, science, etc.), and school nurses to introduce health related tasks into the curriculum.

  • Promoting health information literacy or improving access to health information and information technology through a STEM program.

  • A Public Library STEM program carried out by a collaboration between a teacher and a librarian with an emphasis on health and wellness. (ex: assigned reading or story-time utilizing a STEM-themed book along with hands-on activities that involve health applications).

  • Embedding robotics, chemistry, agricultural, nutrition, health sciences or other applicable technologies into curriculum to increase student learning and augment programming.

  • Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases (examples of featured resources may include but are not limited to): ​PubMed, MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, Haz-Map, Environmental Health Student Portal, ToxTown, ToxNet, ToxTutor, ToxMap, ChemIDplus, NLM iOS games: Bohr Thru, Base Chase, Run4Green, and ToxInvaders. Also, the NLM Exhibition Program pages, including topics such as Graphic Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, Physician Assistants Collaboration and Care, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, and more.

Science education resources from the NIH include the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Kids Environment Kids Health, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Kids Pages, the National Eye Institute: NEI for Kids, and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Curriculum Supplement Series.


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Up to $10,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

One (1) project up to $10,000 will be available.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the Award Application, Direct Beneficiaries, and any supporting letters and documentation to NNLM SCR’s Executive Director.

Budget Guidelines

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis through University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).
Funding will cover (these are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive): Personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction.
Food and furniture costs are not allowed.
IDC is allowable. The institution’s negotiated rate for other sponsored activities should be used. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate a maximum of 10% can be used for IDC.
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. 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. These funds will be subject to regulations up to and including 2 CFR 200.
Invoicing and Reimbursement

This is a cost reimbursable agreement.  Detailed invoices shall be submitted on a monthly basis and final invoices will be submitted to the Institution no later than 60 days after the termination date of the Agreement.
Promotional Items

Promotional items are not allowable. 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.  Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended.

More information is located at: HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include: significance (10 points); clear description of target audience (10 points); identified need for the project (10 points); well-described goals and objectives (10 points); feasibility of plan (include a timeline) to meet project objectives and to reach target audience (10 points); quality of project evaluation plan (10 points), qualifications of personnel and institutional capacity (10 points) and appropriateness of the budget.

All proposals must incorporate outcomes-based evaluation, assessment and metrics for the project. Consult NNLM SCR or the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) website for publications and resources to assist with overall project planning and evaluation:
Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it throughout the project using forms provided by the NNLM. If your project includes training, technology improvement, exhibiting/health fairs, or professional development activities, you will need to report this standard information. Please refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s NNLM Evaluation Materials web page for the type of information you will need to report. For the proposal, explain how and when you will use the NNLM forms to collect the information, and include any additional evaluation that you are planning for the project.

Proposal Review Process

After the proposal submission deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a regional review committee. This committee will be composed of regional office staff and regional network members. The proposals will be given a technical score (0-90 points) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this RFP. The budget and narrative budget justification will be separately reviewed by the NNLM SCR’s Budget Coordinator. The highest scored proposal will be funded as funding allows. Once funding recommendations are created, the proposals and review results will be routed to the NNCO for final approval. Applicants will receive their technical score and de-identified reviewer comments after the funding decisions have been made.

Additional Information

508 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.

Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements.

More information on 508 Compliance is located at

Reporting Requirements: 

If applicable, activity and exhibit reports will be required within 10 days of the event. A final report will be required no later than May 15, 2020. Reports will be entered and submitted to the NLM online reporting system. Additionally, successful applicants will be asked to contribute a blog post to the NNLM SCR Blogadillo in order to promote and raise awareness of their projects. 

If the project includes training, technology improvement, exhibiting/health fairs, or professional development activities, specific information must be submitted using forms provided by NNLM. The NNLM SCR will provide additional information on the online reporting system and accessing the system upon award. The project leader shall provide copies of all materials produced, press releases, advertisements, photographs and articles for newsletters related to the project.  In accepting the award, the project leader gives permission for use of such materials by the NLM and NNLM.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

Successful applicants are required to use or adapt existing NLM training materials if the curricular material will meet your needs. SCR staff is available to provide consultation on applicable NLM resources for your target audience if needed.
All materials developed should be 508 Compliant. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine in all publications, presentations, and posters by stating:
This project has been supported in part or in full by Federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under award number UG4LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Need Assistance: 

Contact the Executive Director