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Express Technology Improvement Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Eligible States
for Technology that Advances Access to Health Information

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)

Deadline Date:

04/05/19 All day


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Grants to Alabama, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands libraries and member organizations for projects that increase access to health information by utilizing technology. Funding is intended to support a specific project or service that increases the capacity of the library or organization to offer electronic health information services by purchasing, installing, and/or upgrading hardware and software.

The goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individual's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) relies upon partnerships with network members to achieve these goals by providing training and funding for local outreach programs. The programs are intended to help a variety of users, with a focus on minority and other underserved populations and the health professionals who serve them, make the most effective use of information and decision-support resources that hold the promise of promoting healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and improving health outcomes when disease occurs.

Projects are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:
- Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information
- Promote health information literacy in health and science education
- Facilitate participation in DOCLINE or other document delivery service
- Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
- Improve access to library and information services
- Improve access to electronic health information.

Projects that include a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate National Library of Medicine resources. Potential projects may include but are not limited to:
- Public librarians/health sciences librarians serving food desert communities may partner with other city health agencies and/or schools and a grocer or farmer's market and use award funds to provide a dedicated workstation for health and nutrition information as well as an interface to place online grocery orders to be delivered to the library for pick-up. One successful model is: Baltimarke.
- Public health professionals may create specialized portals for target populations to access online health information that is culturally sensitive or linguistically appropriate.
- Community or faith organizations may train community members to find reliable health information resources and provide access to online health information by purchasing and installing computer workstations in convenient and frequently patronized locations in the community.
- K-12 school librarians, teachers or volunteers may use project funds to install a dedicated workstation for children to use and research healthy eating and fitness in conjunction with the creation and maintenance of a community garden at the school.
- Partnerships between any of the above to promote access to reliable online health information through training and education.

Applications will be reviewed and scored based on ten possible criteria: Significance, Evidence of Need/Target Population, Methodology/Objectives, Promotion Plan, Evaluation, Sustainability/Continuation, Personnel/Qualifications, Institutional Support, Training Plan (if applicable), and Budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185349

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: Up to 3 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount: $5,000

Term of Contract:

- Funding Period: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020.
- All funds must be spent by April 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Must be a SEA member in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- A Cost Reimbursement Research Subaward Agreement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award
- A Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure is required for this award
- An A-133 Compliance acknowledgement is required for this award.

Membership in SEA is free. Join here:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019 (all day).

Reviewer score sheets and comments will be shared with the applicant. If further clarification is needed, the applicant will be given one week to submit more information.

Applications with an average score of 3 or higher for each of the ten criteria AND an overall impact ranking of 2 or higher will be given priority until funds are expended.

The University of Maryland will provide a sub-award agreement for all approved projects. All sub-awards are cost reimbursement. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Invoices may be sent monthly.

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

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To request assistance, contact:
(410) 706-2855

Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)