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NNLM PSR BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award (Currently Unavailable)

Description of Award

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM PSR to provide resources to libraries, community-based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the Pacific Southwest Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM PSR include Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific, stretching across six time zones and the International Date Line. 


The purpose of this award is to promote the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in health sciences librarianship to library school students and health science librarians from Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) populations. The award provides funding for students to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by health sciences librarians.

  • Applicant identifies as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or has a disability.
  • Applicants are:
    • currently in an ALA-accredited program OR
    • graduated within one year from an ALA-accredited program


This award provides a $2,000 stipend for each student to use in covering costs associated with student research projects.
Number of Awards Available: 


Application Instructions: 

To apply:

  • Complete an application form.
    • Includes a description of your research idea/interests.
  • Copy of resume.

Send completed application form and resume to psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

Evaluation of Proposal

The evaluation criteria are listed in the order of relative importance with points assigned for evaluation purposes. Applications will be scored against these criteria, so please be certain that all criteria have been addressed. Maximum Points: 25


  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest and/or experience in health information outreach (5 points).
  • Applicant’s description of how this award could impact research/career goals (10 points).
  • Strength of the project objectives and work plan (5 points).
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the conference with fellow library students, colleagues or by performing future outreach activities (5 points).

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508. The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements. More information on 508 Compliance is located at https://www.section508.gov/.

Reporting Requirements: 

Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a report through the NNLM National Evaluation Office. Please refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s NNLM Evaluation Materials web page for the type of information you will need to report.

The report should cover a variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and poster proposals;
  • Description of compelling outreach projects by librarians in the Pacific Southwest Region;
  • Ideas for future outreach services.
Publication and Copyrighting: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the NLM in all publications, presentations, and posters by stating:

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. If you have any questions regarding complying with the Public Access Policy please contact NNLM PSR at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

Need Assistance: 

Questions? Email NNLM PSR at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

Professional Development