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Grants to USA Medical Libraries in Multiple States
to Enhance Access to Authoritative Health Information

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) South Central Region (SCR)

Deadline Date:

03/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas medical libraries for programs that will enhance the use of and access to authoritative health information. Examples of eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to, software, personnel, equipment, supplies, travel, reproduction, and Internet service provider fees.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. (link is external)National Library of Medicine (link is external) (NLM) (link is external) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM SCR to provide resources to libraries, community based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The purpose of this award is to enable organizations to develop and offer programs that will increase access to and use of authoritative health information resources.

Projects can include but are not limited to:
-Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases (examples include (but are not limited to): PubMed, MedlinePlus, Partners in Information Access to the Public Health Workforce, and HealthReach
-Promoting health information literacy
-Improving access to health information and information technology
-Increasing underserved communities access to health information
-Training on how to evaluate health information found on the Internet
-Holding a regional symposium on health information topics
-Other creative ideas are encouraged

Projects may target a specific community or population including but not limited to:
-Faith-based organizations
-Refugee health organizations
-Unaffiliated healthcare professionals
-State/local health departments
-Public libraries
-Minority or ethnic populations
-Low-income residents
-Community-based organizations

IDC is allowable. The institution’s negotiated rate for other sponsored activities should be used. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate a maximum of 10% can be used for IDC.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169666

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network members in the NNLM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply.

Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

A directory of current members may be found here:

Food and furniture costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Electronically submit the Award application, and the Direct Beneficiaries checklist to NNLM SCR’s Research Administrator (see contact details below).

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis through University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).

Contact Information:

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

Bethany Livingston, Research Administrator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth TX 76107


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas;   Louisiana;   New Mexico;   Oklahoma;   Texas