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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Award

Grants to USA Organizations Providing Health
Information in Multiple States for Disaster Management

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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 $15,000 to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas libraries and other organizations that provide access to health organizations to build disaster response capacity. The intention of this award is to help organizations address all stages of disaster management, including mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH.

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.

Disaster is defined as an incident that has become so severe that it cannot be controlled or fully addressed by local resources.

The goals of the Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Award are to fund projects to:
-Prepare organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters using evidence-based practices
-Integrate and promote disaster-related resources, services, and tools of the NLM Specialized Information Services into educational programs or continuity plans.
-Enhance disaster preparedness through education, programming, and partnerships
-Develop solutions and mechanisms that support the continuity of health information-based services
-Train individuals, professionals, and communities to effectively find authoritative disaster health information
-Encourage collaboration between libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response to a disaster

Potential Projects: 

Proposals should be directed at planning, mitigating, responding, and recovering from disaster events using evidence-based practices and authoritative disaster tools.

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
-Evaluating and improving disaster preparedness plans and policies
-Developing organizational and/or environmental audits to determine readiness to response to a disaster
-Facilitated programming such as crisis mapping workshops or tabletop exercises
-Hosting a summit to bring together emergency planners and librarians to enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities
-Training and education on the use of authoritative disaster preparedness and response information resources (eg. MedlinePlus, WISER, Disaster Lit, CHEMM, NIH Disaster Research Response DR2 and others)
-Developing response tools, such as mobile programming, pop-up labs or other services that contribute to the continuity of operations
-Education and professional development on disaster preparedness and response topics
-Pilot programs that require joint coordination with an external partner such as the fire department to respond to disasters in novel ways

Funding will cover (these are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive): Personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182830

Number of Grants:

Number of awards available: 2

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Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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 whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information.

To apply for membership:

Public librarians, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Food and furniture costs are not allowed.

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.

Promotional items are not allowable. 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. Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended.

More information about promotional items may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

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

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis.

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