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Technology Enhancement Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Multiple
States to Improve Free Access to 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 libraries and other organizations that provide health information to promote the use of and increase access to free, high-quality health information. This program seeks to address health information gaps and improve health information services.

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 Technology Enhancement Award is intended to improve access to and increase use of free high quality health information including NLM databases. This award is intended to enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software. It is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.

Projects can include but are not limited to:
-Purchasing computers for public areas such as clinic waiting rooms, nursing ward stations, and library public service areas
-Installing high speed or broadband access to the Internet in areas where Internet is not presently available
-Upgrading a slow dial-up Internet connection to a higher speed connection such as cable or broadband (providing access to other Internet connections such as WiFi, mobile broadband, or similar services are also acceptable).
-Establishing a mobile workstation to be used when providing information services outside of the library or department
-Using mobile devices to support access to health information at the point-of-need, such as for emergency responders, or patient care teams on bedside rounds
-Equipping community health workers with mobile technologies to aid in providing remote instruction
-Installing adaptive hardware and software to better enable individuals with disabilities to access computer-based health information
-Implementing or improving a Web-based document delivery service, such as purchasing interlibrary loan (ILL) management software, scanner, etc

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#: 182833

Number of Grants:

Number of awards available: 3

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:

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 interested in providing health information.

To apply for membership:

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.

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