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Health Literacy Project Award

Grants to USA Organizations in Mid-Atlantic States
to Foster a Culture of Health Information Literacy

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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 for projects that foster a culture of health literacy. Applications are invited for projects that promote health information literacy within the health workforce and promote inter-professional health information literacy.

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 Health Literacy Project Award is to support projects that promote a culture of health literacy within the organization.

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 should embody the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations. Examples of what may be done to achieve health literacy may be found from the CDC, as well as in the AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit.

Projects could:
-Promote health information literacy in health education targeting the future health professions workforce and in support of clinical decision making and/or patient education
-Encourage inter-professional health information literacy

Organizations and libraries can explore a variety of options for designing projects for this award such as holding workshops, inviting speakers, and/or conducting focused interviews of stakeholders. Projects must incorporate the use of National Library of Medicine resources appropriate for health information literacy for the target population(s) such as:
-MedlinePlus Easy to Read pages
-How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials
-MedlinePlus Health Literacy Topic Page
-Drug Information Resources

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)
-Total cost of project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183293

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 1

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.

Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations:

National Library of Medicine resources:

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):

Webinar recording: Promoting Health Literacy by Training Front-Line Staff in a Hospital Setting (link is external) (August 24, 2017):

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