National Network of Libraries of Medicine
English Arabic Chinese (Simplified) French Hindi Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish
SOUTHEASTERN/ATLANTIC REGION

Medical Library Project Award

Description of Award

The goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individual's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) relies upon partnerships with network members to achieve these goals by providing training and funding for local outreach programs. The programs are intended to help a variety of users, with a focus on minority and other underserved populations and the health professionals who serve them, make the most effective use of information and decision-support resources that hold the promise of promoting healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and improving health outcomes when disease occurs.  

 

Background/Purpose: 

The purpose of the SEA Medical Library Project award is to strengthen and  promote the library’s involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

Projects are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Increase awareness of and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information
  • Promote health information literacy in health and science education
  • Encourage interdepartmental partnerships
  • Increase data management skills and awareness
  • Promote interprofessional education
  • Promote and improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Support planning for larger outreach projects and community partnerships
  • Promote and improve access to library and information services
  • Improve access to electronic health information

Projects including a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate one or more of the following National Library of Medicine resources:

Eligibility: 
  • Must be a SEA member in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • A Cost Reimbursement Research Subaward Agreement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award
  • A Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure is required for this award
  • An A-133 Compliance acknowledgement is required for this award
Potential Projects: 

Potential projects may include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

  • Developing library wikis, blogs, websites, virtual tours or other media outlets to promote library services or resources to hospital staff
  • Benchmarking library services or resources for patient care, patient safety, emergency preparedness, nursing accreditation, or other
  • Hosting special events to highlight the library's role in scholarly communication, copyright compliance, preservation/conservation, research or other scholarly work
  • Exploring new technologies that may be relevant to academic and health information outreach
  • Intergrating health information literacy into health sciences curricula
  • Organizing events that promote interprofessional education

Funding

Funding Period: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Monday, April 30, 2018
Amount: 
$15000
Number of Awards Available: 
Up to 3 projects
Additional Funding Information: 

Data Catalog Funding Period: October 1, 2017-April 30, 2018
Amount for Data Catalog Projects: $19,000
Number of Data Catalog Projects Available: Up to 3 projects
Deadline for Data Catalog Project Applications is October 15, 2017

Application

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:30pm
Application Instructions: 

The application is divided into five sections:

  1. Administrative information. This information includes institution, name of project, lead, address, DUNS number, congressional district, and FEIN, etc.
  2. Direct beneficiaries, populations served, and project goals. This information is pre-populated and will be selected by check box.
  3. Project description. This section includes the following:​
  • Project Summary: a summary description to be placed on the SEA website if approved for funding. Include a statement on how the project will contribute to the mission of the NNLM. [2000 character limit]
  • Target Population: Describe the target population, including the need for the project, specific health issues of the population, and demographic information. [4000 character limit]
  • Project Objectives: Describes the changes the project will bring about in the target audience (example: “Participants will be able to find information on their prescriptions in DailyMed.”) and list anticipated accomplishments [4000 character limit]
  • Evaluation Plan: Evaluation Plan: Describe plans for evaluating the project's success. For each objective, provide an indicator of success, where that data will come from, and the method for evaluating each indicator. In other words, what do you wish to achieve with this project, and how will you know you achieved it?  For assistance, contact the SEA office or consult NNLM Evaluation Office resources. [4000 character limit]
     

    Award recipients conducting certain NNLM activities will be asked to collect specific information and report it at the end of 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 NN/LM 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.

  • Project Plan: Describe the tasks that will be performed to meet the project objectives, including a timeline and milestones (if applicable). [4000 character limit]
  • Sustainability: Describe the activities that will sustain project services to targeted community or the institution's intent to maintain communication or service to the target population beyond the contract period. [4000 character limit]
  • Personnel: List persons who will work on this project, their roles in the project, and experience relevant to the project. [4000 character limit]
  • Institutional Support: Describe the support that will be provided by the host institution– facilities, time off, etc. [4000 characters limit]
  • Description of Training: If training is part of the plan, describe what will be taught, how many sessions will be provided, which NLM resources will be covered, which other topics will be covered, training materials to be used, and who will do the tasks. NOTE: recipients of NNLM funds are expected to use or adapt existing training materials. Consult with SEA prior to developing materials.  
  • Comments: Include any comments or information that are germane to the project, but not included in the categories above.

Budget Guidelines

The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:

  • Personnel
  • Reproduction
  • Equipment
  • Hardware or software maintenance agreement
  • High speed internet access
  • Other (please describe) [200 character limit]
  • (Optional) Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs apply at the applicant institution’s non-research rate (or, if the institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if the applicant wishes to claim it). This item is a portion of the maximum amount available per award. Costs, including IDC, may not exceed $15000.
  • Narrative justification for budget items—provide an explanation for each line item and how the item is needed for the project, tying to specific project goals [4000 character limit]

Funding Restrictions
Food, promotional items and furniture are not allowable expenses. 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. Refer to the policy

Evaluation of Proposal

  • Three reviewers made up of NNLM SEA staff and Network members will review and score applications based on ten possible criteria: Significance, Evidence of Need/Target Population, Methodology/Objectives, Promotion Plan, Evaluation, Sustainability/Continuation, Personnel/Qualifications, Institutional Support, Training Plan (if applicable), and Budget.
     
  • Criteria scoring will follow the following point scale for each criteria’s line item (NOTE: 1 is the highest score – the lower the score the better.)
    • 1 = Information is extremely relevant in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
    • 2 = Information is good in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
    • 3 = Information is satisfactory in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
    • 4 = Information is marginal in support of NNLM goals as outlined in the award
    • 5 = Information is poor and does not support NNLM goals as outlined in the award
       
  • View Medical Library Project Award criteria and criteria line items.
     
  • A separate, Overall Impact Score will indicate reviewer recommendation for funding as follows:
    • Excellent Application. The project will have major impact on NNLM goals.
    • Project has strong potential to satisfy NNLM goals.
    • Project has limited impact or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
    • Project will not advance the goals of NNLM. 
    • Project does not fit in the Award goals and NNLM mission. 
       
  •  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.
     
  • Applications with an average score of 3 or lower for each of the ten criteria AND an overall impact ranking of 2 or lower will be given priority until funds are expended.
     
  • The University of Maryland will provide a subcontract agreement for all approved projects. All subcontracts are cost reimbursement. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Invoices may be sent monthly.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to Web applications, Web pages and all attached files on the intranet, as well as, internet.

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 meet all requirements under Section 508.

Information on 508 Compliance

Reporting Requirements: 

he following reporting requirements are mandatory of award recipients

  • Activity Reports: Activities held in support of project objectives must be submitted before the 5th day of each month following the end of the activity. Examples include training sessions held, project partner meetings and updates.
  • Final Reports: A final report of project activities, outcomes, and evaluation findings must be submitted within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award.
  • Exhibit Report: Awardees who attend an exhibit will be required to submit a separate exhibit report detailing location, date, attendance, materials distributed, and contacts made.
  • Evaluation report as required by the NNLM Evaluation Office
NIH Public Access Policy: 

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

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

  • National Networks of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website;
  • Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse;
  • Other site specifically designated by the NLM as part of the National Network of Libraries 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 SEA and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

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 National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

Developed resources reported in this [publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Need Assistance: 

To request assistance, contact us at HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu or (410) 706-2855.

Additionally, see the NNLM Grants and Proposal Writing Course for tips on award applications. 

Category: 
Outreach