Express Outreach Award


The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to improve use of quality online health information resources by priority populations, facilitate improved health literacy and to promote awareness and use of the products and services of the NLM and the NN/LM.


  • Applicants must be members of the NN/LM PNR.
  • Project personnel must have demonstrated experience using NLM resources, or identify a project partner with this expertise.


In making award decisions, the NN/LM PNR will strive for diverse geographic distribution throughout the five states of the Northwest.

Maximum fixed price award is $15,000, to be paid incrementally at the time of the award and upon receipt of the mid-point progress report and the final report.

The following statement is required to be included in this solicitation to comply with regulations for annual appropriation of federal funds:

All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Washington are subject to the Government's availability of 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.

Period of Performance

Express Outreach award activities must be completed by April 30, 2016, without possibility of extension. (A final report will be due within one month, or no later than May 31, 2016.)

Application Instructions

Applicant should inform NN/LM PNR of their intent to apply no later than January 27, 2015 by emailing

The application (download below) must be submitted via email attachment to Emily Glenn, Community Health Outreach Coordinator, by February 17, 2015. The PNR staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given within eight weeks of the application deadline.

Application for 2015 Express Outreach Awards

Priority will be given to proposals involving outreach to

  • Public health work force;
  • Health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and allied health professionals, especially those serving minority populations or clients with limited English proficiency;
  • Health professionals (see list above) in rural areas, or those without adequate access to library and information services;
  • Community researchers involved in a Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) or in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR);
  • Minority populations or people with limited English proficiency;
  • K-12 public school teachers or school health personnel or leaders of volunteer youth organizations such as 4-H or Scouts;
  • Senior citizens;
  • Low income populations; and/or
  • Community or faith-based organizations

Examples of Potential Projects

  • Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases including: PubMed, MedlinePlus,, Household Products Database, Partners in Information Access to the Public Health Workforce, and more.
  • Assistance with data management, or instruction of researchers or potential research participants about NLM resources such as
  • Conducting promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and demonstrations to increase awareness and use of electronic resources.
  • Conducting hands-on training sessions at state conferences of health care providers about skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources for patient education or clinical decision support.
  • Developing partnerships with a community organization, health department, or library to increase the reach of a project to priority populations.
  • Developing partnerships with K-12 school librarians, health teachers, science teachers, and school nurses to introduce health related tasks into the curriculum.

Award Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection include: thorough description of the target audience and their needs; thorough description of available resources and potential barriers; feasibility of plan and project activities; creative partnerships and collaborations; appropriate evaluation plan; and appropriate budget.

Proposals must meet the following guidelines

  1. If NN/LM funding is used to develop web-based resources, the resources must comply with Section 508 requirements for accessibility to people with disabilities [details].
  2. The awardee must acknowledge support of NLM whenever publicizing the work accomplished as a result of this award [details].
  3. If a journal article is published as a result of this project, the final peer-reviewed manuscript must be submitted to the PubMed Central digital archive in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy [details].

Budget Guidelines

The allowable performance period for this award is 12 months. A detailed budget and justification is required. Funding will cover: personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction of materials. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive. Purchase of print materials is permitted, but must not exceed 5% of the direct costs. Food and furniture are not allowed.

If you are proposing equipment, you must provide the following as part of your application:

  • For IT/ computer hardware under $3,000 per item: Vendor name and published pricing.
  • For IT/ computer hardware of $3,000 or more per item: Three (3) vendor quotes (preferably valid for 60 days). Vendor quotes are necessary to determine price reasonableness for purchases. If a single item is over $3,000 and is not competed, then a sole source justification letter is required to indicate why it is the most advantageous purchase.

If personal appeal items such as cameras, MP3 players, smartphones, and laptop computers are proposed, please be prepared to submit the required elements listed on this web page upon approval of the award: [details]

Development of Training Materials

Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse,, prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.

Reporting Requirements

The project leader will submit to the NN/LM PNR two reports: a mid-project and a final report.

The mid-project report is due at the halfway point of the award period. A template for the mid-project report is available on the Project Reporting Toolkit. If training activities or exhibits are conducted as part of the project, please submit an Activity Reporting Form or Exhibit Report as appropriate. These forms will be made available by PNR Staff.

The final report must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. Final reports must be submitted by the awardee using the template provided on the Project Reporting Toolkit.

Lastly, awardees must also submit an article summarizing their project for publication in the Dragonfly, the NN/LM PNR's blog.

For additional information contact:

Emily Glenn, Community Health Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM PNR,
Telephone: (206) 616-7283, or 1-800-338-7657 (within AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)