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Health Information Outreach Award

Description of Award

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

This award meets the Aims of the 2016-2021 proposal, specifically:

  • Aim 7: The GMR staff will develop and implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained regardless of location or economic status, throughout the five years of the award.
  • Aim 10: The GMR staff will improve GMR consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better informed health care decisions throughout the five years of the award.

The purpose of the Health Information Outreach Award is to fund education and outreach projects that improve access to biomedical and health information and increase the ability of the public and health professionals to use these resources. In addition, the NNLM is a partner in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Projects should emphasize resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.
Projects are encouraged which include:

  • Partnerships between community organizations, such as hospitals, public libraries, volunteer organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations
  • A focus on underserved health communities and underrepresented populations
  • Educating health professionals or the public about personalized medicine
  • Raising awareness of the All of Us Research Program

Network members within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page.

Potential Projects: 
  • Installation of interactive health information education kiosks
  • Development of a series of workshops on health information for a target audience
  • Development of a clinic-led health information outreach plan that includes presentations and site visits
  • Integration of National Library of Medicine resources into formal continuing education curricula
  • Implementation and evaluation of Clinical eCompanion or MedlinePlus Connect
  • Hosting an NLM traveling or online exhibit and programming an event using the materials to promote information resources from NLM
  • Development of a curriculum or supplemental educational materials using National Library of Medicine resources for a population, such as K-12 students
  • Train-the-trainer projects to enhance the skills of library staff to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information

Previously funded projects can be viewed in our Past Funded Projects database. We also encourage you to fill out our Award Interest Form to talk with one of our Outreach Specialists to discuss project ideas.


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Up to $20,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Closed for 2018-2019
Additional Funding Information: 

Two funding levels are available under this award.

  • $21,000 - $50,000: Applications are due by April 1, 2018. Funding at this level is now closed.
  • $20,000 and under: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are expended.Funding at this level is now closed.

All awards are made on a cost reimbursement basis, in some circumstances advance payments may be processed upon justification of need.


Application Instructions: 

Copies of current CVs for personnel undertaking the project must be included with the application.

Budget Guidelines

  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) apply at applicant institution’s non-research rate, or, if the institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) made available.
  • 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 Department of Health & Human Services policy.

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications for awards $20,000 and under will be reviewed by office staff, larger awards will be reviewed by external advisory groups. Notice of the award will be sent to applicants via email and publicized via the GMR listserv, the website, blog, and social media.
The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

Category Points
The project proposed will support the mission of the NNLM and the aims of the GMR.
Evidence of Need
The need for the project is clearly stated and supported by data, whenever possible.
Target Population
The project targets a NIH designated U.S. health disparity population or a population in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA).
Project Objectives
Objectives for the project are reasonable and clearly listed.
Project Implementation
An implementation plan is provided, including a description of how objectives will be met and a feasible timeline provided.
Evaluation Plan
Applicants should consult the GMR 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. 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 web page to help develop evaluation plans for your project. Subaward applicants also might find other NNLM Evaluation Office publications and resources helpful in developing evaluation plans.
The budget is well justified to meet outreach objectives. Consider modifications that could be made to economize without jeopardizing the project.
CV(s) for the individual(s) undertaking the outreach activities are provided. Personnel have the experience and qualifications to successfully complete these activities.

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: 

Reporting and Evaluation
GMR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements. These reports are required for outreach awards:

  • A final report outline will be sent to awardees to complete within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award, but no later than May 15, 2019.
  • Activity reports will be submitted to the GMR Office using this survey on or before the last day of each month following the end of the activity, when applicable. For questions about completing the survey, please contact the GMR office.
  • Exhibit reports must be submitted to the GMR office using the Exhibit Data Collection Form (sometimes referred to as a "tally sheet"). Report forms must be submitted to the GMR office by the end of the month in which the exhibiting activity took place. Please email your completed form to the GMR office.
  • Award recipients who provide exhibits, training, or technology will be required to report specific information using forms under development by the NNLM Evaluation Office. See the NNLM Evaluation Materials page for information that will be reported through these forms. On the application, explain how and when you will use the NNLM forms to collect the information. If you have planned additional evaluation of outreach activities, please add those plans as well.
NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central (PMC) in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

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:

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with the GMR Office 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 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 1UG4LM012346. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”