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Assessment Award

Description of Award

This award enables organizations to assess target audience needs in regards to health, health information access, or to assess the effectiveness of previous health outreach program activities.


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 assess target audience needs in regards to health, health information access, or to assess the effectiveness of previous health outreach program activities. This award should enable applicants to plan outcomes based outreach projects. Applications must describe the need for the resulting data and its future use.


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 interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

Potential Projects: 

Projects can include but are not limited to:

  • Completing a community needs assessment (may be a narrowly defined community with a narrow needs focus such as technology access, health information, and others)
  • Undertaking long term evaluation of previously funded project activities such as contacting previous training/ technology distribution sites to assess program outcomes
  • Consulting an expert on building an effective assessment tool (survey, focus groups, etc.)
  • Acquiring assistance in data design, collection, or analysis
  • Other creative ideas are encouraged

Projects may target a specific community or population including but not limited to:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Refugee health organizations
  • Unaffiliated healthcare professionals
  • State/local health departments
  • Health educators
  • Public libraries
  • Seniors
  • Minority or ethnic populations
  • Low-income residents
  • Community-based organizations


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Up to $7,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Four (4) projects up to $7,000 each will be available. Funding will be cost reimbursement.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 5:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the documents listed under "Application File" along with any supporting letters and documentation to NNLM SCR's Research Administrator.

Budget Guidelines

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 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.
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 (5 points); identified need for the project (15 points); well-described goals and objectives (5 points); feasibility of plan (include a timeline) to meet project objectives and to reach target audience (10 points); future use of the resulting data (15 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:

After the application submission deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a RML review committee. This committee will be composed of regional office staff. The proposals will be given a technical score (0-70 points) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The budget will be separately reviewed by the NNLM SCR’s research administrator. The highest scored proposals will be funded as funding allows. 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, 2019.  Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Cooperative Agreement Reports System at:  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 Cooperative Reports 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. If you have any questions regarding being in compliance with the Public Access Policy please contact NNLM SCR’s Research Administrator.

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