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NN/LM SE/A Seeking Applications for Funding

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, S/EA programs or SE/A member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

  • Amount: Up to $2000
  • Application Deadline: Until depleted

Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

  • Amount: Up to $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources. Or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges and universities.

  • Amount: Up to $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

  • Amount: Up to $1500
  • Application Deadline: Until depleted

Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

  • Amount: Up to $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Details for these awards may be found on the SE/A Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals will be submitted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2018.

Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) (PAR-17-159)

Thursday, February 16th, 2017


The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing. To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information. Novel data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library.

Applicants must base their proposed work on an informed profile of the intended users, and, the work should be developed through interaction with the user. The strongest projects will provide approaches that incorporate health data and information from more than one source, such as diagnostic images and links to full-text articles or genome sequence data linked to a family health history. An application should be centered on the problem area being addressed and the intended audience, propose a possible solution that employs novel data science or informatics, and undertake a pilot that will result in evidence of the degree of success and/or needed next steps. Applicants should expect to involve the intended users in their work.

This program expires March 20, 2018 unless reissued. Only electronic applications are accepted.

NLM Contact

Dr. Alan VanBiervliet


Deadlines for New Applications: May 1, 2017 and March 19, 2018


SEA Professional Development Award Available for Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Have you been accepted to or are applying to the Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians being held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University?  NNLM SEA has Professional Development Awards available to help with the cost of attendance.

The Institute is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.

Application deadline for the Institute is 11:59 pm EST on January 27, 2017.

For more information on NNLM SEA Professional Development Awards, see our funding page.

NIH Funding Opportunity: NLM Admin Supplement for Informationist Services

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine, in conjunction with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), published an Administrative Supplement opportunity available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with other grant or cooperative agreement mechanisms (see details in the Activity Code listing of which ICs will accept applications for each activity code).  These administrative supplements provide funds to active awards of participating Institutes and Centers in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of digital research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess the impact of the informationist’s participation.

To review the announcement, please go to the NIH grants page:

Applications are due by: March 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Direct any questions to:

Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4882

NNLM SEA Funding Opportunities – Exhibitor and Professional Development Awards

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the availability of NNLM SEA Award Applications.

Availability for these awards are available until allotted funds are awarded.

Exhibitor Award – Up to $2,000 per exhibit.

The Exhibit Award provides funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, SEA programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit. All exhibit awards must feature one or more NLM resources.

Potential areas for which you could consider exhibit include:

  • State library association meeting
  • State or regional public health association meeting
  • State or local gay pride event
  • Local health fair
  • State or local health professional meeting
  • Native American Pow-Wow
  • Remote Area Medical (RAM) event
  • Local health expo

The Exhibitor Award is designed to meet the following populations:

  • Libraries (all types)
  • Underserved, rural, minority, community health, or unaffiliated health professionals
  • K-12 schools and associations including school health professionals, or science and health educators
  • Community-based organizations
  • Health sciences students
  • Emergency responders
  • Public Health workers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Social workers
  • Agencies serving underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including but not limited to
    • LGBTQ Communities
    • Soldiers, Veterans and Military Families
    • Rural Populations
    • Inner city populations

Professional Development Award – Up to $1,500

The Professional Development Award is to strengthen the professional knowledge and experience of individual network members to improve access to health information for healthcare providers and consumers and to build professional capacity in support of the goals of the NNLM.

Professional Development opportunities are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Increase project evaluation skills
  • Increase awareness of and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information
  • Increase the ability to expand health information literacy in health and science education
  • Increase data management skills and awareness
  • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations

Potential uses for this award include but are not limited to:

Attend a meeting, conference, or class that increases professional knowledge in the areas of emergency preparedness, public health information sources, information technology, resource sharing, e-science, data management, health information outreach, health information literacy, or evaluation and assessment.

All proposed exhibits and professional development activities must be completed by April 30, 2017 and all funds awarded must be spent.

NNLM SEA Award Descriptions and online applications are available at: Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria as there are many new changes.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.