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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Award

Description of Award

The purpose of this award is to enable organizations to address all phases of disaster management including preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH.


The mission of the National Network of Libraries 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) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries 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 organizations to address all phases of disaster management including preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH. Disaster is defined as an incident that has become so severe that it cannot be controlled or fully addressed by local resources.
Award Goals
The goals of the Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Award are to fund projects to:

  • Prepare organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters using evidence-based practices
  • Integrate and promote disaster-related resources, services, and tools of the NLM Specialized Information Services into educational programs or continuity plans.
  • Enhance disaster preparedness through education, programming, and partnerships
  • Develop solutions and mechanisms that support the continuity of health information-based services
  • Train individuals, professionals, and communities to effectively find authoritative disaster health information
  • Encourage collaboration between libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response to a disaster

Network members in the NNLM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information. To apply for membership: Public librarians, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Potential Projects: 

Proposals should be directed at planning, mitigating, responding, and recovering from disaster events using evidence-based practices and authoritative disaster tools.

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):

  • Evaluating and improving disaster preparedness plans and policies
  • Developing organizational and/or environmental audits to determine readiness to response to a disaster
  • Facilitated programming such as crisis mapping workshops or tabletop exercises
  • Hosting a summit to bring together emergency planners and librarians to enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities
  • Training and education on the use of authoritative disaster preparedness and response information resources (eg. MedlinePlus, WISER, Disaster Lit®, CHEMM, NIH Disaster Research Response DR2 and others)
  • Developing response tools, such as mobile programming, pop-up labs or other services that contribute to the continuity of operations
  • Education and professional development on disaster preparedness and response topics
  • Pilot programs that require joint coordination with an external partner such as the fire department to respond to disasters in novel ways


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Two (2) projects up to $15,000 each will be available.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 5:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the documents listed under "Application File" along with any supporting letters and documentation to NNLM SCR’s Research Administrator.

Budget Guidelines

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis through University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).

Funding will cover (these are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive): Personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction.

Food and furniture costs are not allowed.

IDC is allowable. The institution’s negotiated rate for other sponsored activities should be used. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate a maximum of 10% can be used for IDC.

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.

Promotional items are not allowable. Promotional items include, but are not limited to:  clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees.  Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended.
More information is located at: HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include: significance (10 points); clear description of target audience (10 points); identified need for the project (10 points); well-described goals and objectives (10 points); feasibility of plan (include a timeline) to meet project objectives and to reach target audience (10 points); quality of project evaluation plan (10 points), qualifications of personnel and institutional capacity (10 points) and appropriateness of the budget.

All proposals must incorporate outcomes-based evaluation, assessment and metrics for the project. Consult NNLM SCR or the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) website for publications and resources to assist with overall project planning and evaluation:

Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it throughout the project using forms provided by the NNLM. If your project includes training, technology improvement, exhibiting/health fairs, or professional development activities, you will need to report this standard information. Please refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s NNLM Evaluation Materials web page for the type of information you will need to report. For the proposal, explain how and when you will use the NNLM forms to collect the information, and include any additional evaluation that you are planning for the project.

After the application submission deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a RML review committee. This committee will be composed of regional office staff. The proposals will be given a technical score (0-70 points) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The budget will be separately reviewed by the NNLM SCR’s research administrator. The highest scored proposals will be funded as funding allows. Applicants will receive their technical score and de-identified reviewer comments after the funding decisions have been made.

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.

Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements. More information on 508 Compliance is located at

Reporting Requirements: 

If applicable, activity and exhibit reports will be required within 10 days of the event. A final report will be required no later than May 15, 2019.  Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Cooperative Agreement Reports System at:  If the project includes training, technology improvement, exhibiting/health fairs, or professional development activities, specific information must be submitted using forms provided by NNLM. The NNLM SCR will provide additional information on the Online Cooperative Reports and accessing the system upon award. The project leader shall provide copies of all materials produced, press releases, advertisements, photographs and articles for newsletters related to the project.  In accepting the award, the project leader gives permission for use of such materials by the NLM and NNLM.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

Successful applicants are required to use or adapt existing NLM training materials if the curricular material will meet your needs. SCR staff is available to provide consultation on applicable NLM resources for your target audience if needed.
All materials developed should be 508 Compliant. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

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.
All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. If you have any questions regarding being in compliance with the Public Access Policy please contact NNLM SCR’s Research Administrator.

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