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NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award - Up to $19,000

Grants to USA Organizations and Libraries in Mid-Atlantic States
to Increase Access to Health Information in Public Libraries

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Funding Source:

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Middle Atlantic Region

Deadline Date:

11/16/18 11:00 PM


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Grants of up to $19,000 to Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania organizations and libraries to increase access to health information and education in public libraries. Particular focus will be given to projects for underserved populations and that focus on the public health priorities of the local community.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) is pleased to announce the availability of funding through NLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on raising awareness about All of Us and improving public access to high quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries.

The purpose of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award is to fund public library programming to increase awareness of and education on health topics incorporating National Library of Medicine and/or NNLM health information resources (e.g., MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference), with a particular focus on the public health priorities of their community and programs for underserved populations. Projects under this award should broaden access to, and awareness of health information resources, aim to increase health literacy for the general public in their service community, and raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program.

About the All of Us Research Program:
The mission of the All of Us Research Program (link is external) is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care. The All of Us Research Program will engage one million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to keep people healthy longer.

Expectations for Engagement with All of Us:

Libraries who receive funding must be willing to engage with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network in one or more of the following ways -- including but not limited to:

- Develop and offer resources and programming related to the National Health Observances identified as a priority by All of Us;
- Make informational materials about All of Us available in their library;
- Work with All of Us consortium member organizations to promote general All of Us awareness via their communication resources, such as bulletin boards, email listservs, newsletters, and social media;
- Work with All of Us consortium member organizations on developing programming that will contribute to educating community members on digital literacy and ensuring that All of Us participants have access to technology resources;
- Work with All of Us consortium member organizations on hosting community engagement events that support health literacy and include All of Us activities, such as town halls, health fairs, and exhibitions.

Note: Public Libraries will not be asked to recruit for the All of Us Research Program under this award.

Examples of potential projects that would qualify for NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award funding include:

- Creation of health information corners in your library or community space that include instruction for general public on locating and using health resources on All of Us-related topics;
- Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library staff to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information on All of Us-related topics;
- Conducting promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and demonstrations to increase awareness of National Library of Medicine information resources and the All of Us Research Program to a target population;
- Incorporating All of Us and National Library of Medicine health and science information resources into new or existing library health programs;
- Programs focused on citizen science education and engagement on All of Us-related topics;
- Book clubs on All of Us-related topics, such as ;
Programming related to the National Health Observances (link is external) identified as a priority by All of Us;
- A focus on populations Underserved by Research in order to connect these communities with on All of Us-related health information relevant to their needs/concerns.

Other creative ideas incorporating All of Us and involving health information education and health literacy are also encouraged.

All projects must incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources (link is external), such as:

- MedlinePlus
- HealthReach
- Genetics Home Reference
- Tox Town
- K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
- Exhibition Program from the National Library of Medicine
- Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine
- NNLM and ALA Health Literacy Toolkit

MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. MAR staff availability and budget to provide in-person training is limited. MAR staff will provide a “train the trainer” webinar for awardees on relevant NLM resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184631

Number of Grants:

Minimum of 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $19,000

Term of Contract:

The Funding Period is from Saturday, December 15, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. For more information:

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries. Other institutions must present projects that will collaborate closely with public libraries.

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 HHS Policy on the use of appropriated funds for promotional items:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Middle Atlantic Region funding: Grants and Proposal Writing Webinar recording, March 16, 2018:

Applying for the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award, October 18, 2018 Webinar recording:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:00pm
Notification of Awards: December 1, 2018
Award Start Date: December 15, 2018

Evaluation of Proposal
Proposals will be reviewed by the NNLM MAR Review Committee. The Review Committee is made up of MAR staff and Special Advisory Group members. Applicants will receive a summary of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding. If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given 1 week to submit more information.

In-person training by MAR staff requires approval by the Executive Director. Please email the funding source to schedule.

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

Contact Information:

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

One electronic version of the proposal must be submitted to Please include the name of the award in the subject line.

Phone: (412) 648-2065

NNLM Middle Atlantic Region
University of Pittsburgh
Health Sciences Library System
3550 Terrace Street, 200 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania