The Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 5, under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through Environmental Health Outreach Awards to address environmental health issues in underserved communities through education and creative community responses to improve health equity.
Awards should focus on building partnerships, collaborating with libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, healthcare workforce, or community organizations to reach underserved populations in the region and effectively provide meaningful education, raise awareness of how the environment impacts heath and plan or implement projects that address an important environmental health issue in underserved communities.
Specifically, the Environmental Health Outreach Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement.
Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email: email@example.com.
Proposed projects may include the following activities (other creative ideas encouraged):
Funding Period: November 8, 2021 – April 30, 2022
Amount: Up to $5,000
Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 3
Additional Funding Information: Maximum fixed price award is $5,000. A payment for the full amount of the award will be made when the agreement is signed.
Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021
Note: Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021, will receive first consideration.
Step 1: Applicants should inform NNLM Region 5 of their Letter of Intent to apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 1, 2021, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow these Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines:
The Region 5 staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given by November 8, 2021.
Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 5 staff and Network member volunteers.
Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.
a. Are the significant contributions to NNLM goals checked by applicant?
b. Does the information provided support the need for the project, including information about the target population (worksheet provided in the Award Application), environmental health information resources or services available, environmental health information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to be addressed? Does the application discuss the program’s potential impact on future environmental health information services to this group or population?
a. Are the methods, tools, or approaches suitable to demonstrate skill and value of the library, library staff or community organization and/or its staff to accomplish the project?
b. Is the ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified?
c. Does the application include an evaluation plan to measure indicators of desired outcomes?
a. Are the qualifications and time commitments of key personnel to initiate new services and partnerships explained?
b. If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the team?
a. Is the budget reasonable and within funding limits?
b. Is the budget justification sound?
If web-based resources are developed using NNLM funding, developers are asked to ensure accessibility for the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. For information on Section 508-compliant website development, see National Library of Medicine Web Pages & Accessibility and HHS Section 508 policy.
Technology Improvement Reporting: A Technology Improvement Report is required for projects receiving or purchasing technology. The Technology Improvement Report must be submitted within 30 calendar days upon completion of the project or no later than May 27, 2022. Access to the report template will be provided to awardees.
NIH Public Access Policy:
Final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts resulting from funded projects must be submitted to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. For more information, see NOT-OD-08-033 and the Public Access website.
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:
In addition, award recipients are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with the Region 5 office prior to developing materials.
Publication and Copyrighting:
NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the NNLM.
Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:
“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
Contact Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, NNLM Region 5: email@example.com Telephone: 206-543-8262