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Funding opportunity: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

HIV and AIDSThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

This information was originally posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Specialized Information Services,

BD2K Updates from NIH and NSF

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) updates from NIH and NSF

The National Science Foundation recently posted an article on advances in big data and the management of chronic diseases.

The National Institutes of Health has released new Data Science Funding Opportunities: The new NIH Common Fund program Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity has released funding opportunities including one for a bioinformatics center. Applications are due March 18, 2016.

Article of Interest: How to hijack a Journal.

Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

young female librarianAre you an early career librarian (less than 5 years experience) OR a student in an ML(I)S program and would like $1,500 to attend a library conference? Apply now for the Wiley Scholarship.

Wiley will award three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend one of the following of your choice:

View the official contest rules.

Applications are due by November 20, 2015.

Why is it important to attend conferences? Here’s one article that gives some good reasons.

NIH Open Science Prize for Open Data

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

From NIH:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) announces a collaboration with the Wellcome Trust (WT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to launch the “Open Science Prize” (the “Challenge”) to encourage and support the prototyping and development of services, tools and/or platforms that enable open content—including publications, datasets, code and other research outputs—to be discovered, accessed and re-used in ways that will advance research, spark innovation, and generate new societal benefits. The Challenge is necessary to accelerate the field of “open” biomedical research beyond what current funding mechanisms can achieve. For the NIH, this Challenge is being launched under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

See more at

Jason Bengtson Named as Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator for NIH Grant

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Jason Bengtson headshotSCC/MLA member Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA, was recently named as the Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator on a successful application for an Informationist Supplement to grant 3-R01-DC000354-27A1 under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Brenda Farrell from Baylor College of Medicine. This supplement will fund the curation and management of electrophysiological data obtained from outer hair cells isolated from the inner ear of Cavia Porcellus. This data has significant implications for inner ear research. Jason is the Innovation Architect for The Texas Medical Center Library.

To learn more about NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects visit

MLA Accepting Applications for the 2015 Lindberg Research Fellowship

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Reposted from MLANET:

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship
<>. The purpose of thisfellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledgebase, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000.  It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator.  More
information regarding MLA Research is available at

An application and more information about the fellowship can be accessed at

The awardee will be notified in March 2015.

Increased Funding for Emerging Technology Awards

Friday, September 4th, 2015
We have opened our Emerging Technology Awards up for a new round of funding (application). The total amount of funding per project has been increased to $7,000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through Friday, October 16, 2015.
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.

Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Software Development FOA

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative has announced the release of a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for software and methods development in biomedical big data science. If you know someone that is skilled or has an interest in data-related sciences, please mention this announcement.

Big Data to Knowledge Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01)

The FOA has three topic areas for researchers working with biomedical Big Data, they are:

  1. Data Privacy
  2. Data Repurposing
  3. Applying Metadata

The application deadline is October 6, 2015, with an optional letter of intent due September 6, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact David Miller at

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that seeks to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research.

Call for Applications: Library Student Outreach Award

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Do you know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and health information outreach? Why not encourage them to apply for our Library Student Outreach Award? This award provides travel and registration money for South Central Region library students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, October 2-7, 2015. We plan to sponsor eight students this year.

Applying is easy but the deadline is September 15. Please contact Marcus Spann, a former Library Student Outreach Award recipient and current NN/LM Community Health Coordinator, at 713-799-7164 if you have any questions.

2015 Sewell Travel Award for Public Health

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year isHealth in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites: