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Professional Development Awards (CLOSED)

Description of Award

The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NNLM PSR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers. Funding will be provided to individuals interested in attending professional seminars, conferences, workshops, or other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines. Funding is not available for personal membership in organizations or for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.


Individuals affiliated with an NNLM PSR Network member institution and who are employed at least 50% time are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions that provide health information. To apply for membership, visit the Join the Network page.


Up to $1,500 per award
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

The RML expects to fund six (6) professional development, conference, or training activities up to $1,500 each.


Application File: 
Application Instructions: 
  •     Complete a PSR Professional Development Award application form
  •     Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae

Submit your application materials to with the Subject "Professional Development Award."

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

Criteria for selection include: degree of course/conference relevance to areas of health sciences librarianship and health information access (10 points); applicant's expertise in subject area and/or interest in this area (10 points); value of the information gained through the activity to the applicant’s institution (10 points). Applications from hospital librarians will receive additional consideration (5 points).
Proposals will be scored by RML staff based on the evaluation criteria listed above. Applications receiving a minimum score of 20 will be considered for funding, with the highest scoring proposals receiving priority as funding allows.

Additional Information

Reporting Requirements: 

Recipients of professional development funding are expected to submit an NNLM report with an evaluation of the activity. The evaluation form is available on the NEO website. In addition, within 10 days of completion of the activity, award recipients are required to submit an article for the NNLM Latitudes newsletter blog describing the event, benefits obtained, and plans for incorporating and/or disseminating new knowledge gained.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of NIH in publications, presentations, or 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.

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

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Professional Development