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Professional Development Award

Description of Award

To enable individuals at member institutions to expand professional knowledge through continuing education to provide state of the art services to healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information.


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 Professional Development Awards to strengthen skills and competencies of the health information professional community.

Meetings or conferences held in the United States and focusing on the areas of emergency preparedness, public health, open science, scholarly communications, data management, data literacy, health literacy, population health, evidence-based medicine, and organizational effectiveness are examples of the types of professional development opportunities eligible for these awards.

Specifically, the NN/LM PNR Professional Development Award seeks to:

  • Enable individuals at member institutions to expand professional knowledge through continuing education to provide state of the art services to healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information.

This funding is not available for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and is limited to events held in the U.S.


Network members in the NNLM PNR (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.

Preference will be given to individuals who have not yet received this NNLM PNR award.


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 
5 or more
Additional Funding Information: 

Awards will be available on an ongoing basis until funds are expended. A minimum of five awards will be made. Payment will be made to the applicant’s host institution.

Period of Performance:
To receive funding, applicant’s institution must invoice the University of Washington (UW) no later than April 1, 2019. In order to invoice the UW, the institution must be registered as a UW supplier (for information on registering, see


Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
Applications can be submitted anytime, but invoice for reimbursement must be submitted by April 1, 2019
Application Instructions: 

Send your completed application (download via link above) as an email attachment to Please use "Professional Development Award" in the subject line of the email.

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications will be reviewed by RML staff based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant is eligible
  • Applicant explains how the proposed professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of his/her library/institution
  • Relevance of the selected professional development activity to developing state of the art services for healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information. 

You will receive feedback by email from NNLM PNR staff within 3 weeks of submitting the application.

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: 

Recipients of this award will be required to complete a form that collects information to evaluate your activities, available here: NN/LM Evaluation Materials: Professional Development.

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 (link is external).

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 and also the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award will be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.

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. 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,, Telephone: (206) 543-9261.

Professional Development