All of Us - Health Programming Award
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's health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.
The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the 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 SCR to provide resources to libraries, community-based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
All of Us Community Engagement Network
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has partnered with the NIH All of Us Research Program. Through this collaboration, NNLM aims to improve health literacy and consumer access to high-quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries and other organizations. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs by recruiting one million people to help researchers understand how health can be improved with individualized prevention, treatment, and care plans.
The purpose of this award is to enable libraries and community-based organizations to develop and offer programs that will increase awareness of the All of Us Research Program and access to authoritative health information resources that will impact health literacy and health information need. This award will focus on the health information projects and services provided by libraries and other community organizations.
- Network members of the South Central Region (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: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html.
- Serve a population which falls under the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program
- Agree to raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by distributing information provided to the library at no cost
Potential projects may offer health information programming on digital literacy, citizen science, precision medicine, health-related topics, and health literacy, in order to raise awareness and support retention of All of Us.
Awardees can utilize the award to transition from in-person events and offer virtual programs to address the health information needs of their communities by limiting traditional face to face programming, reinforcing social distancing guidelines, and reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Specific examples of project components can include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):
- Training unaffiliated, minority, urban or rural health professionals in effective use of electronic health information resources for evidence-based practice with an emphasis on NLM databases and NNLM resources.
- Placing web-accessible computers in locations where they can be used to research health information needs by unaffiliated health professionals such as free clinics, community health centers, etc.
- Improving access to health information and information technology for those groups without adequate access to library and information services.
- Exhibiting or presenting at local meetings or organizational events to share completed outreach projects and promote NLM products and services.
- Evaluating health information and training needs of a target audience and implementing a training plan for that audience.
- Programs on locating and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet.
- Incorporating NLM health and science information resources into new or existing health programs. See National Health Observances slide show for some ideas.
- Development of supplemental educational materials using NLM resources for educators/teachers.
- Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information.
NNLM SCR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources.
Four (4) recipients up to $25,000, six (6) up to $10,000 and one (1) up to $4,600. The funding period begins when the contract is finalized. Awards are cost-reimbursable. Please read all sections fully before beginning the application.
Electronically submit the application and all other documents under "Application File" to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line (changing the red text to the name of your organization):
AoU Health Programming Application – [YOUR ORG NAME]
Evaluation of Proposal
Review and selection of proposals - reviewers selected by the RML/Office. The Review Committee is made up of Network members who represent the Region, public libraries, a variety of health science libraries, and community organizations. The Review Committee will make final recommendations for funding to the Associate/Executive Director of the RML/Office. Applicants will receive a copy of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding.
Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-100
The application will be scored in the following areas:
- Significance (15 points max): Does the proposed program make a significant contribution to the mission of NNLM. Is there information on the target population provided? Are there estimates of the potential population and the portion expected to be reached? Is the target group or population described and the actual or perceived need for the proposed program is discussed?
- Methodology/Approach (40 points max): Does the statement show the logic and feasibility of the technical approach to reaching the target group or community? Are the types of outreach services provided for the target population appropriate, creative and cost-effective? Does the project plan demonstrate sustainability or the ability to provide lessons learned for future programs? Does the proposed project add value to other initiatives? Does the project use local partners? Does the proposal include a timeline or implementation schedule for major events and activities? Does the program specify what NLM resources or NNLM national initiatives will be promoted and how they will be utilized throughout the project?
- Evaluation (15 points max): Is there an evaluation plan? Does the plan make sense given the goals and objectives? Is there a timeline and are individuals assigned responsibility for milestones or tasks? Are there other forms of evaluation that the project should consider or add? Is the plan thorough enough or feasible for the project?
- Project Staff (15 points max): Does the proposed personnel have experience in developing and conducting outreach and/or training programs in health information for patients, the public or health professionals. Do the proposed personnel have prior experience working with the target group? Is there evidence of institutional facilities and resources adequate to support the proposed programs. If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the project team?
- Budget (10 points max): Is the proposed budget within funding limits? Is the budget justification sound? Could budget items be eliminated or reduced without jeopardizing the project? Does it include money within allowable line items? Do they have line items that account for all the requested money?
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (5 points max): Does the application identify inequities and disparities or target underserved populations? Is the organization using an inclusive, community-engaged process for planning and implementation if they are proposing community-based programming?
- NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, individuals with a physical or mental disability, sexual and gender minorities, individuals under 18 or over 65, and individuals with less than a high school degree.
- RML/Office staff and Network members will review and score applications using a standardized RFP scorecard. For more information, please review the RFP scorecard.
- Reviewer score sheets and comments will be shared with the applicant. If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given 1 week to submit more information.
- The RML/Office will provide a subaward agreement for all approved projects. All sub-awards are cost reimbursement. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Invoices may be sent monthly.
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All events and activities offered to the public as part of this funded award must be reported to the All of Us Research Program. SCR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements.
Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
To facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all subawardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:
- Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) website;
- Other websites specifically designated by the NLM as part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (considering changes in the project and data repositories required to maintain sharing within the Network).
In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with your RML/Office and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.
Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. The 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, i.e. the ongoing development of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.
The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine in all publications, presentations, and posters by stating:
This project has been supported in part or in full by Federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under award number UG4LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
Contact the NNLM SCR Office (email@example.com(link sends e-mail)).