Professional Development Award (PDA)
Call for Applications

The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.


Individuals who live within the NN/LM South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) and are affiliated with an NN/LM 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: Network Membership.


$1,800 per event/training activity.

Period of Performance

Event or activity must occur before April 30, 2016.

Deadline for Applications


To Apply

Potential Professional Development Opportunities

Funding will be provided to individuals interested in attending professional seminars, conferences, and other continuing education opportunities in areas of health science librarianship or related disciplines.

Applications to attend MLA or the SCC/MLA Annual Meeting will only be considered for non-health science librarians.

For a list of past Professional Development Awards, see NN/LM SCR Funded Projects at: NN/LM South Central Region Previously Funded Projects.

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.

All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center 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.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection include: degree of course/conference relevance to areas of health science librarianship and health information access; applicant's expertise in subject area and/or interest in this area; value of the information gained through the activity to the applicant’s institution. 

First-time applicants will receive special consideration.

Reporting Requirements

One report will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System. Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System at: Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted.

Publication and Publicity

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this contract in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

The NIH Public Access Policy at ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central ( upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers ( are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information:

Need help?

Jon Goodell, Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Central Region (NN/LM SCR)
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-2809
Phone: 713-799-7803