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Express Outreach Awards (CLOSED)

Description of Award

Express Outreach Awards support a wide range of projects that target health professionals, librarians, or consumers. These awards, generally 9 to 12 months in duration, are designed to increase awareness of health information resources for health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, community centers, and minority health practitioners; to create culturally and linguistically appropriate resources; and to better integrate the role of libraries in clinical and translational science. Awards may also target current NLM and NIH priorities such as the NLM Strategic Plan 2017–2027, the NIH HEAL Initiative (e.g., substance use disorder), citizen science, or HIV/AIDS. Award proposals may include travel expenses for Network members to represent NNLM PSR at regional, state, or local meetings.    

Funding is provided on a cost-reimbursement basis.


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: 

Projects can include but are not limited to: 

  • Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, HealthReach, or Partners in Information Access to the Public Health Workforce
  • Promoting health information literacy
  • Improving access to health information and information technology
  • Increasing underserved communities' access to health information
  • Hosting sessions on finding and evaluating health information found on the Internet
  • Holding a regional symposium on health information topics
  • Implementing a mobile health information outreach program in underserved communities
  • Innovative health-related programs to address identified health information needs of community members

Partnerships are encouraged between network member and other organizations, such as:

  • Public libraries
  • Hospital libraries
  • Academic health science libraries
  • Refugee health organizations
  • Clinics
  • Community health workers
  • K-12 schools and community colleges
  • State or local health departments
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Law enforcement, fire, and emergency responder agencies

Projects may target a specific community or population including but not limited to: 

  • Age-based programs for children, teens, or older adults
  • Unaffiliated healthcare professionals
  • Minority or ethnic populations
  • Low-income communities
  • Emergency responders
  • LGBTQ populations

For an overview of recent funded projects, please visit the NNLM PSR awards map.


Up to $12,000 per award
Number of Awards Available: 


Application Instructions: 

Applications for this award are currently closed. 

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 Express Outreach Award
  • Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae in Step 5 of 6: Attachments

Submit your application materials to with the Subject "Express Outreach Award."

  1. Cover Page
    • Working title for the project
    • Abstract
    • Name of the library or institution submitting the proposal
    • Institution DUNS number (required)
    • Date of submission
    • Primary contact’s name, mailing and email addresses, phone number
    • Administrative contact’s name, mailing and email addresses, phone number
    • Amount of funding requested
    • List any other funding received for this project
  2. Project Summary
    Describe the project requirements and tasks. The summary should include the following:
    • Direct Beneficiaries: Describe the characteristics and health issues of the population and/or geographic area in which the project will take place. In addition, describe the specific target group and estimate how many individuals you expect the project to reach.
    • Evidence of Need: Explain the need for the project. Include important demographic information, describe information resources or services that are currently available, resources or services that are needed, and barriers to access. Cite any needs assessments, formal or otherwise, and relevant statistics or literature that support the needs identified.
    • Project Goals and Objectives: State the project goal(s) and specific objectives to be accomplished.
    • Implementation: Discuss in detail how the project will be implemented, what tasks will be performed, and who will perform them.
    • Timeline: Provide a general timeline for the project. If the project is expected to continue after the funding period, include that information and information on how it will be funded.
    • Publicity: Provide a plan for promoting the project to the targeted organization or community.
    • Personnel: Identify all project personnel and their role in the project.
    • Project Partners: Describe any institution(s) that you will be working with for this project.
    • Evaluation: All NNLM-funded projects are required to provide specific evaluation information at the end of the project. The standard reporting information is available from the NNLM Evaluation Office. Evaluation plans must describe how and when forms will be used to collect the required information, as well as any additional evaluation planned for the project. Describe how the success of the project will be measured and the methods to be used to measure that success. Evaluation should be tied to project goals and objectives. Consider process objectives about what will be done (outputs) and outcomes-based objectives that specify what will happen or changes as a result.
    • Continuation plan: Describe the activities that will continue project services to targeted community or the institution's intent to maintain communication or service to the target population beyond the funding period.
  3. Budget
    Proposals must include a budget table or spreadsheet. In addition, include a narrative justification for budget items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project. Please develop the budget estimate using the following categories, as they apply:
    • Personnel
    • Consultant (hourly rate)
    • Equipment
    • Supplies
    • Travel
    • Other
    • Total Direct Costs
    • Total Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or, if your institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it)
    • Total cost of project

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 on use of appropriated funds

  1. Attachments
    • Additional attachments: curriculum vitae or résumé of key personnel and quotes for equipment purchases are required. Letters of support from institutions are optional.

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

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

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 upon 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 publications, presentations, and posters by stating:

Developed resources reported in this publication are supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012341. The content is solely the responsibility of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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