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Professional Development Awards (Currently Unavailable)

Description of Award

The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NNLM PSR Network member organizations 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. 

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


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


Up to $1,500 per award
Additional Funding Information: 

Funding Period: Activities must take place and expenses must be incurred between May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, applications are currently only being accepted for virtual/online meetings and other educational opportunities, including planned in-person conferences that are canceled and moved to a virtual platform. Applications involving activities with in-person participation or travel-related expenses will not be considered until further notice.


Application Instructions: 

All subaward applications must be submitted through our web-based application system at the bottom of the page. You must be logged in to view and submit the application. Your application will automatically be submitted to NNLM PSR.

For your convenience, you may use this template to preview the full application and plan your responses before submitting. 

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

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.

Need Assistance: 

Please contact us at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu or by phone at (310) 825-2183.

Professional Development