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All of Us Technology Improvement Award (CLOSED)

Description of Award

The All of Us Technology Improvement Award supports infrastructure that improves access to consumer health information in public libraries or other organizations. This includes the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that enhances the capacity of a library or organization to improve health literacy, provide services to underserved communities, and create awareness of the All of Us Research program.

Visit the NNLM Online Applications System page to learn how to submit your proposal.


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has partnered with the NIH All of Us Research Program. Through this collaboration, NNLM aims to improve consumer access to high-quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries and other organizations. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs by recruiting one million people to help researchers create individualized prevention, treatment, and care plans.


Any institution that is a current member or partner of a current member of NNLM PSR is eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership, visit the Join the Network page.

Potential Projects: 
  • Install electronic displays, kiosks, or computers for public areas such as library public service areas, clinic waiting rooms, nursing ward stations, and library lobbies
  • Establish a mobile workstation with equipment (such as a laptop, printer, wifi hotspot, projector, rolling cart) to be used when providing information services outside of the library or department
  • Facilitate the use of mobile devices to access health information at the point-of-need, such as for emergency responders or patient care teams on bedside rounds
  • Equip community health workers with mobile technologies to aid in providing remote instruction
  • Install adaptive hardware and software to better enable individuals with disabilities to access computer-based health information
  • Upgrade equipment in a computer lab or learning center to facilitate hands-on computer-based instruction
  • Experiment with emerging technologies such as virtual/augmented reality, 3D printing, or smart devices used for health information access.
  • Create unique web-based health information literacy tutorials, learning modules, mobile applications, or infographics
  • Develop digital literacy tutorials, programs or services especially designed to meet the needs of underserved populations
  • Install or improving wireless internet in the library
  • Other technology improvement not mentioned above

Projects that incorporate the following will receive priority consideration:

  • One or more awareness components of the All of Us Research Program (e.g., links to official website and information, digital displays with messaging, co-branding on equipment, or displays with posters, bookmarks, or brochures)
  • An awareness component of National Library of Medicine resources, such as MedlinePlus,, PubMed, or another NLM resource
  • A focus on underserved populations or those who are underrepresented in biomedical research


Up to $10,000 per award
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Funding will be provided on a cost-reimbursement basis.


Application Instructions: 

As of October 2019, all subaward applications can be submitted through our web-based application system. Each subaward has a unique application, which can be found on the respective subaward landing page. You must be logged in to view and submit the application. 

  • Complete and submit the web-based application below to be considered for an All of Us Technology Improvement Award
  • Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae for the principal investigator in Step 5 of 6: Attachments

For general assistance with proposal preparation, please visit the NNLM Proposal Writing Support page.

* Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it by the end of the project using the forms provided on the NNLM Evaluation Office’s Evaluation Materials web page. If your project includes training, technology, exhibiting, or professional development activities, you will need to use these forms to collect and report this standard information. If you plan to do any of the outreach activities addressed on the Evaluation Materials page, describe how you intend to use the forms to collect the information in your evaluation plan.

Budget Guidelines

Proposals must include a table or spreadsheet for the costs in each category. The budget estimate should be broken down by the following categories, as they apply:

  • Personnel
  • Consultant costs (Hourly rate)
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel
  • Other
  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or, if your institution has no negotiate rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it)
  • Total cost of project

Include a brief narrative justification for each budget item. Provide an explanation for each line item and why it is required for the project, tying the item to specific project goals.

Funding Restrictions 
Food, promotional items and furniture are not allowable expenses. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Refer to the HHS Policy for details.

Evaluation of Proposal

Proposals will be reviewed by NNLM PSR staff and scored on the following five criteria. Scores of 1 to 5 will be assigned for each category, with 1 being the highest score (i.e., the lower the score, the better the proposal/application).

  1. Significance (Why do this project?)
    1. Significant contributions to the NNLM mission 
  2. Research Plan (Methods)
    1. Originality of research hypotheses and potential scientific merit
    2. Clarity and feasibility of research objectives
    3. Suitability of methods, tools, or approaches
    4. Ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified
    5. Alternative approaches, techniques, or designs the applicant should consider
    6. There is an effective evaluation plan to measure the success of the project and to explain how and when NNLM forms will be used to collect data
  3. Investigators
    1. Qualifications and time commitments of the principal investigator
    2. Qualifications and time commitments of the co-investigators and staff
    3. Availability of institutional resources (e.g., equipment, core services)
    4. Experience in experimental techniques
    5. Expertise in research topic
  4. Budget
    1. Is the budget appropriate for this project?
    2. What modifications are recommended?
    3. What budget items could be eliminated or reduced without jeopardizing the project?
  5. Overall Score
    1. Application aligns with the NNLM mission
    2. The project advances the goals of NNLM

UCLA will provide a subcontract agreement for all approved projects. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

Web-based resources developed for the project should strive to ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

For more information on 508 Compliance, see the HHS OCIO Policies, Standards and Charters page.

Reporting Requirements: 

Instructions for accessing and using the NLM Reporting System will be furnished upon award approval. The following reporting requirements are mandatory for all award recipients:

  • Activity Reports: Activities held in support of project objectives must be submitted within one month of completing the activity. Examples include training sessions held and project partner meetings.
  • Final Report: A final report of project activities, outcomes, and evaluation findings must be submitted within one month of completion of the award.
  • Exhibit Reports: Awardees who conduct exhibits will be required to submit a separate exhibit report detailing the location, date, attendance, materials distributed, and contacts made, within ten days of the event. An Exhibit Evaluation Form must also be submitted.

In addition, awardees will be expected to report on project highlights in an article written for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog.

NIH Public Access Policy: 

All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the Cooperative Agreement Award, awardees are required to share any data or training materials resulting from funding.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

Per Section 8.2.1. of the NIH Grants Policy Statement, NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for federal purposes (e.g., the ongoing development of NNLM). Data generated by subawardees and consultants is also subject to this policy.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of NIH in all media by stating:

Developed resources reported in this [publication, press release, website] are supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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