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Data Science Professional Development Award

Description of Award

This award enables individuals at NNLM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.


The Network of the National Library of Medicine, South Central Region (NNLM SCR) is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 request for proposals for the Professional Development 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) (link is external) 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.

The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NNLM SCR network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience in the field of data science.


•    Network members in the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. 
•    Network member institutions are eligible for multiple awards in the same grant year to host a CE event.
•    Individuals who live within the NNLM South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) and are affiliated with an NNLM SCR Network member institution 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.
•    Individuals cannot have been awarded a professional development award previously during the current budget period (May 2020-April 2021). 

Potential Projects: 

Funding will be provided to individuals interested in attending professional seminars, conferences, and other continuing education opportunities in areas of Big Data, Data Reproducibility, Data Management, Data Science, Ontologies, Metadata Standards, Natural Language Processing, Data Visualization, Data Curation and related fields.

Additionally, funding may also be provided to network member institutions to host a CE event, workshop, or speaker!

Applications to attend the Medical Library Association (MLA) or the South Central Chapter of the MLA Annual Meeting will only be considered for non-health science librarians.


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to Monday, March 1, 2021
Up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Two (2) professional development, conference, and training activities up to $2,000 each will be awarded.


Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 5:00pm
Continuous reviews will take place for this award. Applications must be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks in advance of the activity date.
Application Instructions: 

Email the application form available under "Application File" along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae to the NNLM SCR Office (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu).

Budget Guidelines

This award is intended to cover the costs of professional development courses/conferences such as registration fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.). Indirect costs are not allowed. Funding will be cost reimbursement.

Funding requests may cover training fees, travel and per diem, communication costs, publicity, materials and supplies, reproduction of educational materials, and other costs as needed. Membership fees are not an allowable cost and will not be reimbursed.  

During the award application process, please provide a basic table explaining how costs will be allocated. Provide a line item (e.g. training fees, educational or promotional materials, travel, etc.) and the approximate funding amount.

Budget Information
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer. These funds will be subject to regulations up to and including 2 CFR 200.

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include: how opportunity enhances award goals (5 points); applicant's related job duties in this area (5 points); value of the information gained through the activity to the applicant’s institution (5 points); and overall writing quality (5 points).

First-time applicants (2 points) as well as presenters (2 points) will receive special consideration. 

Application Review Process
As they are received, applications will be reviewed by NNLM SCR staff. The applications will be given a score (0-24) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The highest scored applications will be funded as funding allows. Applications receiving a score under 12 will not be funded.

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 http://www.section508.gov(link is external).

Reporting Requirements: 

Within 10 days of the conference, hosted training, or final activity, recipients are required to submit a professional development report: https://is.gd/NNLMprofdev.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the NLM 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 UG54LM012345 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.

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: 

Contact the NNLM SCR Office (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu(link sends e-mail)).

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