Professional Development Award

National Library of Medicine

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Predicted deadline: Apr 1, 2024 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,000

Fields of work: Preventative Healthcare Library Services Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Medical Education & Professional Training Technology Access & Digital Literacy Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Health Information Technology Health & Medicine Show all

Applicant type: Organizations, Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska Show all

Location of residency: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska Show all


NOTE: RML staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Please contact us prior to applying to discuss your professional development opportunity in advance; we want to help you succeed! Ongoing until funds are expended or April 1, 2023.


The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public's health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, the public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.


NNLM’s main goals are to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.

The NNLM Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and Offices rely upon partnerships. The award’s primary aims are to widen access to and awareness of health information resources, with a focus on those resources provided by the NLM. The programs are intended to help a variety of users:

  • With a focus on minority and other underrepresented populations and the healthcare professionals who serve them
  • Make the most effective use of information and decision-support resources to promote healthy behaviors
  • Prevent costly and debilitating illness
  • Improve health outcomes when disease occurs


The purpose of the Professional Development Award is to enable individuals in Region 3 Network Member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers. Funding is provided to individuals interested in attending professional seminars, conferences, and other continuing education opportunities in areas of data science or health information access/delivery and to build professional capacity in support of the goals of the NNLM. These awards are offered throughout the year with the expectation of a short timeline. Individuals may only be awarded once per annual performance cycle.

Potential Project Ideas

Depending on the Regional Medical Library (RML) you are applying to exhibit awards may be used to support:

  • Professional development opportunities such as classes, conferences or workshops for individual NNLM members. This can include:
    • Introduce students to the health sciences, trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, and develop their professional skills.
    • Prepare individuals for a leadership position in a hospital or academic health sciences library.
    • Host a reading club with learning outcomes focusing on health information access issues that can be used to improve library programming that are more impactful to your underrepresented communities.
  • Costs associated with arranging for an expert speaker to give a talk, workshop, class or lecture.
  • Educational activities that relate to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and aim to prepare professionals to better serve underserved, minority and underrepresented communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility for Individuals
    • Generally, members of network institutions apply for these awards but there are exceptions to this.
      • This may include students, unemployed, or retired information professionals for instance.
      • Consult with your RML/Office/Center for specifics.
  • Eligibility for Organizations
    • You must be a Network Member of the NNLM.
    • Organizations, in most cases, are only eligible to apply for awards from the Regional Medical Library that serves the state in which they operate in.
      • Please contact the RML/Office for further clarification.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Food, promotional items, and furniture are not allowable expenses.

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This page was last reviewed October 23, 2023 and last updated July 30, 2023