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NNLM All of Us Health Literacy Outreach Award

Description of Award

To increase awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and support health literacy outreach.


The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use NLM’s web-based information resources.

The NIH All of Us Research Program has a mission to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for All of Us.

In partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) announces funding for NNLM All of Us Health Literacy Outreach Awards to help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Applicants must be from organizations that are members of NNLM PNR. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing 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. Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to partner organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Potential Projects: 

Projects are strongly encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Provide training to public library staff and/or patrons on one or more National Library of Medicine resources, such as MedlinePlus,, or Genetics Home Reference
  • Provide engagement in health literacy initiatives and awareness of the All of Us Research Program.
  • Provide training and educational activities to support the capacity of public library staff to carry out health information and health literacy sessions for their communities.
  • Improve awareness of and develop skills to locate high-quality biomedical and health information with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Promote health information literacy in patient or consumer health education with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Encourage partnerships between health sciences, hospital, academic and public libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, volunteer organizations, and other public venues.
  • Promote and improve access to library and information services with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Improve digital literacy amongst diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Improve understanding of and participation in scientific research, including the All of Us Research program and citizen science, with diverse and underrepresented populations.

Note: Recruitment for the NIH All of Us Research Program is not required.

Examples of potential projects that would qualify for NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award funding:

  • Creation of health information corners in your library or community space that include instruction for general public on locating and using health resources on All of Us-related topics;
  • Hosting a symposium or unconference that brings together staff from public and health sciences libraries around health programming and the All of Us Research Program
  • Conducting promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and demonstrations to increase awareness of National Library of Medicine information resources and the All of Us Research Program to a target population;
  • Incorporating All of Us and National Library of Medicine health and science information resources into new or existing library health programs;
  • Book clubs All of Us-related topics, such as Graphic Medicine;
  • Programming related to National Health Observances identified as a priority by All of Us;
  • A focus on populations Underserved by Research in order to connect these communities with on All of Us-related health information relevant to their needs/concerns.

Other creative ideas incorporating All of Us and involving health information education and health literacy are also encouraged.

Applicants are encouraged to utilize resources from the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network; Programming Ideas, Program Kits and Digital Literacy; and NIH All of Us Community Resources.

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

PNR staff are available for consultation and training on the All of Us Research Program, applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Contact the NNLM PNR if interested, by emailing, and someone will respond within three business days.


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Up to $19,000
Number of Awards Available: 
During Year 4 (May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020) funding is available for up to 5 awards each up to $19,000.
Additional Funding Information: 

Applications submitted by August 7, 2019 will receive consideration. This award funds project activities until April 30, 2020.  A no-cost extension may be available to complete activities.


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 3:00pm
Late applications will not be accepted.
Application Instructions: 

By Wednesday, July 10 2019, applicants should inform NNLM PNR of their intent to apply by submitting a Letter of Intent, including the type of award and a brief description of the proposed project. Send the Letter of Intent via email attachment to

By August 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm PT, the completed application should be sent as an email attachment to NNLM PNR at The PNR staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given within four weeks.

The application includes these components:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Information and Plan
  • Budget (including detailed narrative budget justification)
  • Populations and Participant Roles checklist and NNLM Goals Identification form

Attach or send separately:

  • Curriculum vitae of key personnel
  • Letters of commitment from applicant’s institution
  • Letters of commitment from partnering institution(s)/organization(s)-if proposed
  • If technology is being purchased, include letter of commitment from the person in charge of supporting technology for the applicant's institution


Budget Guidelines

  • Maximum cost-reimbursable award is $19,000. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement monthly.
  • For a detailed budget justification template, please see the Award Application.
  • 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 service, 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. Refer to 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. Applicants will receive a final decision regarding funding from NNLM PNR staff by email. 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)

  • Significant contributions to NNLM goals checked by applicant on page 8 of Award Application.
  • Clear description of the institutional environment and current role/status of the library and library staff.
  • 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.


  • Logic and feasibility of plan and activities to develop new roles or services or partnerships by the library or librarians.
  • Suitability of methods, tools, or approaches to demonstrate skill and value of the library or librarians.
  • Ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified.
  • Clear evaluation plan to measure indicators of desired outcomes.

4. KEY PERSONNEL (10 points)

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

5. BUDGET (10 points)

  • Is the budget reasonable and within funding limits?
  • Is the budget justification sound? 

6. IMPACT SCORE (10 points)

  • Application does not fit in the NNLM mission.
  • The project will not sufficiently advance the goals of NNLM.
  • Limited impact or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
  • Has strong potential.
  • 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: 
  1.  A progress report summarizing status of activities and evaluation completed to date is due to the NNLM PNR office at UW no later than November 1, 2019.
  2. A final report must be submitted via the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within 30 calendar days upon completion of the project.
  3. If an organized training session, presentation, or exhibit on NLM resources takes place as part of the project, an Activity Report may be submitted within 14 days of the session.
  4. If the project includes technology improvement, or professional development activities, a minimum type of data must be collected and submitted to describe activities and measure results. Proposals to obtain NNLM funding will need to include plans for how and when this information will be collected, and any additional (optional) evaluation planned for the project. 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.
  5. Sharing results and lessons learned from the project with other members of the NNLM will be required. A brief article about the project can be submitted to the NNLM PNR blog, the Dragonfly, or information about the project can be presented as part of the PNR Partners webinar series hosted semi-monthly by NNLM PNR staff.
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: 

Michele Spatz, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM PNR, Telephone: (541) 980 9139.

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

See also previous projects funded.