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Grants to USA Non-Profits, Agencies, & Others to Increase Access to Health Information

Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

GrantWatch ID# 143260
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health
CFDA Number: 93.879
Funding or PIN Number: RFA-LM-14-001
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/29/14
Deadline: 07/29/14 5:00 PM Local time of applicant

Grant Description
Grants are available to USA government agencies, non-profits, and others to increase access to health information for health care providers and consumers, in populations where significant health inequalities exist. June 29, 2014 is the deadline for a non-mandatory Letter of Intent. Applicants can propose a new or enhancement of an existing resource or service which meets the needs of a health disparity population.

This funding opportunity is focused on putting research knowledge into practice by providing online information resources tailored to meet the needs of health disparity populations and their health care providers. Many factors influence use of information in health decisions, including physical access factors (such as availability of libraries or Internet connectivity in the context of a health visit or personal health decision), to intellectual access factors (such as readability, understandability and presentation format of health information).

Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries. Preference will be given to applications from any institution that shows strong involvement of health science libraries.

Topics of interest for this grant program include:
* Developing information resources/services specifically directed towards health disparity populations.
* Providing information resources/services to community organizations involved with health disparity populations.
* Providing information resources/services to support academic health disparity researchers.
* Needs assessment studies that identify the types and forms of information needed by health disparity populations to assist them in making health-related decisions.
* Evaluation studies of existing information resources or services targeted at health disparity populations.
* Upgrading existing information resources or services to meet the needs of health disparity populations.

The following types of projects are considered outside the scope of NLM’s Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities program:
* Installation of Online library catalogs.
* Electronic health record systems, single-purpose or closed clinical systems such as a stand-alone laboratory system or picture archiving system (PACS).
* Digitization of print materials.
* Projects that duplicate NLM products and databases such as biomedical literature indexing projects.


  • City or township governments
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • County governments
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities; HBCU
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Regional Organizations
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Single entities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Pre-Application Information
June 29, 2014: deadline for Letter of Intent - Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 5.

Estimated Size of Grant
Budgets up to $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years, or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested.

Term of Contract
Up to 3 years.

Contact Information
eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, post submission issues):
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

Finding Help Online:
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: Customer Support (Questions regarding registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages):
Contact CenterTelephone: 800-518-4726
Web ticketing system:

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources):
Telephone: 301-435-0714
TTY: 301-451-5936

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dr. Alan VanBiervliet
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4882

Peer Review Contact(s)and Letter of Intent submission:
Dr. Zoe Huang
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4937
Email: huangz@mail.nih.go

Financial/Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Dwight Mowery
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4221

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