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Technology Improvement Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Multiple
States for Technology to Increase Health Information Access

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)

Deadline Date:

04/15/18 All Day


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Grants of $15,000 to Alabama, Washington, DC, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Virgin Islands libraries and other organizations for specific projects to increase capacity to provide electronic health information services.

Description of Award:

The goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individual's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) relies upon partnerships with network members to achieve these goals by providing training and funding for local outreach programs. The programs are intended to help a variety of users, with a focus on minority and other underserved populations and the health professionals who serve them, make the most effective use of information and decision-support resources that hold the promise of promoting healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and improving health outcomes when disease occurs.  


The purpose of the SEA Technology Improvement award is to support a specific project or service that increases the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by purchasing, installing, and/or upgrading hardware and software.

Projects are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:
-Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information
-Promote health information literacy in health and science education
-Facilitate participation in DOCLINE, LoansomeDoc, or other document delivery service
-Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
-Improve access to library and information services
-Improve access to electronic health information

Projects including a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate one or more of the following National Library of Medicine resources:
-NCBI Databases
-PubMed Health
-Drug Information from the NLM
-K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
-Exhibition Program from the NLM
-NLM Disaster Information Resources
-Refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic.

Potential Projects: 

Potential projects may include but are not limited to:
-Public librarians/health sciences librarians serving food desert communities may partner with other city health agencies and/or schools and a grocer or farmer's market and use award funds to provide a dedicated workstation for health and nutrition information as well as an interface to place online grocery orders to be delivered to the library for pick-up. One successful model is: Baltimarke.
-Public health professionals may create specialized portals for target populations to access online health information that is culturally sensitive or linguistically appropriate.
-Community or faith organizations may train community members to find and reliable health information resources and provide access to online health information by purchasing and installing computer workstations in convenient and frequently patronized locations in the community.
-K-12 school librarians, teachers or volunteers may use project funds to install a dedicated workstation for children to use for researching healthy eating and fitness in conjunction with the creation and maintenance of a community garden at the school.
-Partnerships between any of the above to promote access to reliable online health information through training and education. 

Budget Guidelines:

The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:
-Hardware or software maintenance agreement
-High speed internet access
-Other (please describe) [200 character limit]
-(Optional) Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs apply at the applicant institution’s non-research rate (or, if the institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if the applicant wishes to claim it). This item is a portion of the maximum amount available per award. Costs, including IDC, may not exceed $15,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159853

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: $15,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019. All funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Must be a SEA member in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
-A Cost Reimbursement Research Subaward Agreement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award
-A Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure is required for this award
-An A-133 Compliance acknowledgement is required for this award

NNLM SEA Members provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services. Members include libraries, information centers, or other types of organizations.

Membership is free. Join here:

Funding Restrictions:
-Food, promotional items and furniture are not allowable expenses. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Refer to the policy here:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 15, 2018 (all day).

Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution, not the individual.

See the NNLM Grants and Proposal Writing Course for tips on award applications:

Refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512

(410) 706-2855

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)