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STEM Outreach Award

Grant to a USA Library or Faith-Based or Community Organization
in the South Central Region for STEM Education Programs

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

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM CST


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Grant of up to $10,000 to a USA school library, public library, or faith-based or community-based organization in the South Central Region for STEM education programs. The organization must be located in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma. Funding is intended to increase education and library patron knowledge in the STEM subjects.

The goals of the STEM Outreach Award are to fund projects that integrate a health information educational component into programs that:
- Create educational programs to increase K-12 students or Public Library young adult patron knowledge of STEM subject disciplines.
- Help to train Public Library staff or K-12 educators how to develop or create STEM programming for their students or communities they serve.

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
- Building program curriculum that integrates health information resources into STEM educational modules.
- In-service training for K-12 Educators or Public Library Staff in STEM programming best practices.
- Developing partnerships with school librarians, primary and secondary school teachers (health, science, etc.), and school nurses to introduce health related tasks into the curriculum.
- Promoting health information literacy or improving access to health information and information technology through a STEM program.
- A Public Library STEM program carried out by a collaboration between a teacher and a librarian with an emphasis on health and wellness. (ex: assigned reading or story-time utilizing a STEM-themed book along with hands-on activities that involve health applications).
- Embedding robotics, chemistry, agricultural, nutrition, health sciences or other applicable technologies into curriculum to increase student learning and augment programming.
- Training in effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases (examples of featured resources may include but are not limited to): ​PubMed, MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, Haz-Map, Environmental Health Student Portal, ToxTown, ToxNet, ToxTutor, ToxMap, ChemIDplus, NLM iOS games: Bohr Thru, Base Chase, Run4Green, and ToxInvaders. Also, the NLM Exhibition Program pages, including topics such as Graphic Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, Physician Assistants Collaboration and Care, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, and more.

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#: 184981

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020

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 whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information. To apply for membership:

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

Food and furniture costs are not allowed.

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.

HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST

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.

Electronically submit the Award Application, Direct Beneficiaries, and any supporting letters and documentation to NNLM SCR’s Executive Director Lisa Smith at

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

Tel: 817-735-2223

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Geographic Focus:

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