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Community Health Award

Description of Award

To improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities.


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through Community Health Awards to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities.

Awards should focus on building partnerships, collaborating with libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, healthcare workforce, or community organizations to reach underserved populations in the region with health information outreach projects.

Specifically, the Community Health Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM PNR cooperative agreement.

  • To bring NLM resources to healthcare teams, including physicians, nurses, allied health professions, and community researchers.
  • To promote evidence-based public health practice resources to public health workforce and researchers.

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM PNR. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application. Applicants who have not previously received NNLM funding for an outreach project, or have only received funding once, are especially encouraged to apply.

Proposed projects may include the following activities (other creative ideas encouraged):

  • Planning and hosting virtual symposia or educational events for public health workers, health care providers or librarians. Priority consideration will be given to events that address diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Offering online educational opportunities to increase awareness and teach participants how to use electronic health resources, including NLM resources.
  • Hosting a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
  • Integration of NLM resources into formal continuing education curricula.
  • Strategies to educate healthcare faculty on NNLM and NLM resources, bringing the library out of the silo and into faculty's orbit
  • Hosting an NLM online exhibit and posting downloadable materials to promote information resources from the NLM.


Funding Period: 
Friday, May 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021
up to $12,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Minimum of 5
Additional Funding Information: 

Successful awardees must spend and invoice their full award amount by April 30, 2021.


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 3:00pm
Applications submitted by July 15, 2020 at 3:00pm Pacific Time will receive first consideration.
Application Instructions: 

Applicants should inform NNLM PNR of their intent to apply at least 3 weeks before submitting an application by emailing

Applications will only be accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Outreach application template before entering information into the online system.

When the RML is accepting applications, you can scroll to the bottom of the browser window to access the online application. You must be logged in with your NNLM account to begin the submission process.

Resources to assist applicants in writing proposals, can be found here:

Required Attachments:

  • Budget spreadsheet
  • Curriculum vitae of key personnel
  • Letters of support from applicant’s institution
  • Letters of commitment from partnering institution(s)/organization(s) - if proposed

The PNR staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given within four to six weeks.

Budget Guidelines

  • Maximum award is up to $12,000. An upfront payment (50% of the award) will be made when the award agreement is signed. The balance will be paid after the PNR Office receives an invoice and the progress report (due no later than January 8, 2021) is approved.
  • Proposals must include the budget spreadsheet for the costs in each category. Include a narrative justification for budget items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project.
  • Allowable expenses: Personnel, equipment, supplies, travel and other costs such as reproduction of materials, software, Internet service provider fees. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive.
  • Expenses are also allowed to publicize a health information event or resource, including NLM or NNLM resources or services, but the allowable costs are limited to educational materials or publicity, such as posters, displays, flyers, bookmarks, or brochures. Please consult the HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items.
  • Non-allowable expenses: Furniture is not allowed and food is not allowed.
  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: Indirect cost (IDC)/F&A can be included based on your institution's federally approved IDC agreement (non-research rates apply). A 10% MTDC rate may be used if no IDC agreement exists.

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications will be reviewed by: PNR staff and Network member volunteers.

Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.


Preference will be given to organizations that have not previously received NNLM funding for an outreach project, or have only received funding once.

2. SIGNIFICANCE (30 points)

  1. Significant contributions to NNLM goals checked by applicant on page 8 of Award Application.
  2. Information provided supports the need for the project, such as information about the target population (worksheet provided in the Award Application), information resources or services available, information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to be addressed.  Estimation of the program’s potential impact on future information services to this group or population is discussed. 


  1. Suitability of methods, tools, or approaches to demonstrate skill and value of the library or librarians.
  2. Ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified.
  3. Clear evaluation plan to measure indicators of desired outcomes.

4. KEY PERSONNEL (10 points)

  1. Qualifications and time commitments of key personnel to initiate new services and partnerships,
  2. If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the team?

5. BUDGET (10 points)

  1. Is the budget reasonable and within funding limits?
  2. Is the budget justification sound? 

6. IMPACT SCORE (10 points)

  1. Application does not fit in the NNLM mission.
  2. The project will not sufficiently advance the goals of NNLM.
  3. Limited impact or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
  4. Has strong potential.
  5. Excellent application. Will have major impact on NNLM goals.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

If web-based resources are developed using NNLM funding, developers are asked to ensure accessibility for the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. For information on Section 508-compliant website development, see National Library of Medicine Web Pages & Accessibility and HHS Section 508 policy.

Reporting Requirements: 

Instructions on reporting requirements, along with the necessary forms for each report submission are available in the Project Reporting Toolkit.

  1. For any classes, training sessions, presentations, exhibits and/or site visits a PNR Activity Report and a Participant Information Sheet are required and must be submitted within 14 days of the activity.
  2. A progress report summarizing activities and evaluation completed to date is due to the NNLM PNR office at UW no later than January 8, 2021.
  3. A final report is required no later than May 29, 2021.
  4. Evaluation plans are a requirement of NNLM funding proposals.
  5. Sharing results and lessons learned from the project with other members of the NNLM is required. A brief article about the project can be submitted to the Dragonfly or information about the project can be presented as part of the NNLM national webinar series. If your project proposal is funded, you will want to talk with your NNLM Engagement Coordinator about the approach that’s right for you.
NIH Public Access Policy: 

Final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts resulting from funded projects must be submitted to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. For more information, see NOT-OD-08-033 and the Public Access website.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, 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, award recipients are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with the PNR prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

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 NNLM.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

Any resource 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 UG4LM012343 with University of Washington.  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: 

Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, NNLM PNR,, Telephone: (206) 543-9261.

For assistance with writing proposals, please see Grants and Proposal Writing course materials.

See also previous projects funded.

Organization Type: 
Academic Institution
Clinic/Other Health Care
Community Based
Community College
Government Agency
Health Sciences Library
HIV/AIDS Services
Public Library
Public Health Organization