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 Technology Equity Awards to support infrastructure that improves equitable access to biomedical and health information.
Specifically, the Technology Equity 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards should focus on upgrading, replacing or adopting hardware or software technologies that will increase access to health information, and/or strengthen communications and connectivity for health,
Potential projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
Funding Period: November 8, 2021 – April 30, 2022
Amount: Up to $5,000
Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 6
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 email@example.com
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.
Maximum award is up to $5,000.
Applicants must complete the budget table in the application with detailed costs for each category, including a description for budgeted items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project.
Allowable expenses Personnel, equipment, supplies, travel and other costs such as reproduction of materials, software, Internet service provider fees. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive.
Expenses are also allowed to publicize a health information event or resource, including NLM or NNLM resources or services, but the allowable costs are limited to educational materials or publicity, such as posters, displays, flyers, bookmarks, or brochures. Please consult the policy at http://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/spending-on-promotional-items/index.html.
Non-allowable expenses: Furniture is not allowed and food is not allowed.
Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: Indirect cost (IDC)/F&A can be included based on your institution’s federally approved IDC agreement (non-research rates apply). A 10% MTDC rate may be used if no IDC agreement exists.
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), information resources or services currently available, information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to be addressed? Does the application discuss the program’s potential impact on addressing digital equity to advance an underrepresented population’s equal access to health information?
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 Region 5 staff 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 206-543-8262