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Professional Development Award

Description of Award

To enable individuals at member institutions to increase knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance 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), and in partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, announces the availability of Professional Development Awards to increase knowledge, skills and competencies of the public library and health information professional community on areas related to NLM priorities.
Meetings or conferences held in the United States and focusing on topics of health literacy, cultural competency, citizen science, data literacy, data management, public health, emergency preparedness, population health, evidence-based medicine, and organizational effectiveness are examples of the types of professional development opportunities eligible for these awards.
Specifically, the NNLM PNR Professional Development Award seeks to:

  • Enable individuals at member institutions to expand professional knowledge through continuing education to increase knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance 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.


Individuals affiliated with an NNLM PNR Network member institution are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership, visit Join the Network.

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


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 
15 or more
Additional Funding Information: 

Awards will be available on an ongoing basis until funds are expended. 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 15, 2020. In order to invoice the UW, the institution must be registered as a UW supplier (for information on registering, see UW Supplier Registration).


Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:00pm
Applications can be submitted anytime until March 13, 2020. Note that invoice for reimbursement must be submitted by April 15, 2020.
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.

Budget Guidelines

This award is intended to cover the costs of professional development courses or conference costs such as registration fees and travel expenses (e.g., airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.). Funding will be provided on a cost reimbursement basis.

Evaluation of Proposal

Applications will be scored 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
  • Degree of relevance of course/conference relevance to developing state of the art services for healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information (10 points); applicant’s expertise, experience or interest in the topic of the course/conference (10 points); value of the course/conference to the applicant’s institution (10 points). 

Applicants receiving a minimum score of 20 will be considered for funding, with the highest scoring proposals receiving priority as funding allows.

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: NNLM Evaluation Materials: Professional Development. In addition, within 10 days of completion of the activity, award recipients are required to submit an article for the NNLM PNR Dragonfly blog describing the event, benefits obtained, and plans for incorporating and/or disseminating new knowledge gained.

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).

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

Professional Development