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Outreach to Consumers Award

Grants to USA Organizations in Mid-Atlantic States to
Promote Health Information Literacy and Access

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

Deadline Date:

10/05/18 11:00 PM


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Grants of up to $19,000 to Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania health information organizations to promote health information literacy and access. Funding will support outreach projects that promote science and health information resources, particularly those resources produced by the funding source.

Description of Award:

The goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM's web-based information resources


The purpose of the Outreach to Consumers Award is to support projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information. Outreach should expand knowledge of health and science information resources, with an emphasis on those produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Awards to NNLM MAR members help achieve two National Network Performance Measures:
-Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
-Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Potential Projects: 

Projects are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:
-Increase awareness of and skills for locating high quality consumer health information
-Promote health information literacy in health and science education
-Encourage partnerships between health sciences, public, hospital and school libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, volunteer organizations and other public venues
-Assisting communities or agencies in acquiring information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
-Programs to educate on locating and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet
-Incorporating National Library of Medicine health and science information resources into new or existing health programs. See the NNLM MAR National Health Observances slide show for some ideas
-Training on locating and evaluating health information found on the Internet
-Development of curriculum or supplemental educational materials using National Library of Medicine resources for K-12 populations
-Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information
-Conducting promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and demonstrations to increase awareness of National Library of Medicine information resources to the target population

All projects must incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources such as:
-PubMed Health
-Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine
-K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
-Exhibition Program from the National Library of Medicine
-NLM Disaster Information Resources
-NNLM and ALA Health Literacy Toolkit

The budget estimate should be categorized by the following, as they apply:
-Consultant Costs (hourly rate)
-Direct Costs
-Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs apply at your institution’s non-research rate (or, if your institution has no negotiated rate, a 10% Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) can be applied if you wish to claim it)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159811

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $19,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Thursday, November 1, 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.

NNLM Members provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services. If you are providing health information through a library, information center, or other organization, please consider joining the NNLM Network.

More information about NNLM membership may be found here:

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-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:

Posted Date: August 30, 2018
Application Due Date: October 5, 2018
Notification of Awards: October 22, 2018
Award Start Date: November 1, 2018

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

MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources. Please contact MAR staff using the email address in Contact Information below.

NLM Web-based Information Resources:

NNLM MAR Consumer Health Resource Guide:

Examples of Previously Funded Projects:

Health Outreach and Programming Resource Guide

Middle Atlantic Region funding: Grants and Proposal Writing (live webinar on March 16):

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.

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

P: (412) 648-2065
F: (412) 624-1515

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Geographic Focus:

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