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Funding Opportunity Announcement: Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) – Mentored Career Development

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K,) announced the release of two companion RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-ES-16-002: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science (K01)
  • RFA-ES-16-003: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)

These opportunities target researchers who aim to develop new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  It is anticipated that, by the end of the award period, the awardee will have acquired breadth across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee should have acquired depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications is August 1, 2016.

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the BD2K listserv (Please share this opportunity with your interested scientific communities.)

If you have questions, please contact Carol Shreffler at

NLM Announces Reissuance of Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics (K01) is intended to provide support for promising junior investigators as they launch their research careers in biomedical informatics research and data science. NLM supports research career development in healthcare/clinical informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and public health informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer science, information science, data science and social/behavioral sciences with one or more biomedical application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery and consumer health, translation of basic biological research to health outcomes, population medicine and public health, and the organization, analysis and use of biomedical big data. Regardless of the application domain, the research career focus should be informatics. The award is intended to promote the career development of informatics researchers who intend to make a long term commitment to biomedical informatics research. K01 awardees are expected to apply for NIH or other independent research grant support (R01 or equivalent) during the final year of the award. Candidates who received their training at one of NLM’s university-based biomedical informatics training programs are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for this award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or equivalent. Junior investigators (i.e. early stage of faculty positions within three years of initial appointments at time of application submission or resubmission) are eligible for this award and will have completed their research training. At the time of award, the institution must demonstrate that the applicant will have the academic title, space and other resources necessary to apply for research project grant (e.g., R01) level funding.

The candidates must have research experience (length of time may vary) and be committed to developing into independent biomedical investigators in research areas relevant to the mission of the NLM.  The program is not intended to support additional postdoctoral training and is not intended to support career changes from non-research to research careers for individuals without prior research training.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NLM Program Officer relevant to their research area before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to NLM’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans.

For further information and/or to contact one of our Program Officers, please see


Call for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Primary Point of Contact Secondary Point of Contact
Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
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SE/A Regional Recipients of NLM’s HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Congratulations to the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and the University of Florida’s Health Sciences Library Center for being recipients of two of six of NLM’s 22nd round of HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers.

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)
“The F.A.I.T.H. Project”
The F.A.I.T.H. Project is outreach effort aimed to help communities of color as well as health professionals who serve them have access to accurate and reliable HIV/AIDS information and resources to effectively prevent and manage HIV/AIDS. The F.A.I.T.H. Project will extend outreach to African Americans, MSM population, seniors, youth groups, and faith-communities. Efforts to improve and increase access to HIV/AIDS information may help to address the general lack of trust behind information access and close gaps in chronic disease and minimize digital and technology disparities. One of the unique features of the F.A.I.T.H. is the use community-based theater to educate with prevention messages.

University of Florida
“Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”
The University of Florida through its Health Sciences Library Center will partner with local public libraries and the Alachua County Disease Control Unit. The goals are to increase access to HIV/AIDS resources to the vulnerable populations. The approach will be facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations focusing on prevention and education, with creating locally relevant educational materials, training healthcare and community services providers on the use of NLM HIV/AIDS resources, raising public awareness through the NLM traveling exhibition, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”.

Webinar: NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Tech Talk

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is holding a Tech Talk session tomorrow, Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1pm CT. This session was developed to encourage all to re-think how to use technology to improve access to information. In addition, we hope it will help some attendees identify ideas in their environment and develop proposals.

Please visit to register for this webinar.

Creative Ideas for Technology Improvement  How do you define “technology improvement”?  In this session we will look at examples of creative Technology Improvement Awards, how to find ideas for technology improvement award applications, and creative ways to think about technology improvement.  The presentation will also include Rachel Sindelar as a guest speaker.  Rachel was the project director for the TIA, Interdisciplinary Point-of-care Patient Health Education Initiative, awarded to the Broadlawns Medical Center Library.

  • Presenter:  Carol Bean
  • MLA CE Credit available until: October 30, 2015

Please contact Carol Bean ( if you have questions about the webinar or the award.

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.