We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2019–2020! Calls for Applications have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. In addition, there are two new categories of awards: All of Us Community Engagement Awards and All of Us Technology Improvement Awards! Complete details for the awards, including the number available, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 12, will receive priority consideration.
Applications will be accepted continuously and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities or professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020, and funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, exhibit evaluation reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experience and lessons learned.
Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, Regional Extension Centers, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.
The new All of Us Technology Improvement Award supports infrastructure that improves access to consumer health information in public libraries or other organizations (e.g., for the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that enhances the capacity of a library or organization to improve health literacy). The All of Us Community Engagement Award is broader and is designed to support projects that improve health information literacy; access to high-quality biomedical and health information; and awareness of clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.
RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!