Training Outreach Awards

National Library of Medicine

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Deadline: Apr 1, 2024 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,500

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

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, 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/Office staff are available for consultation on project ideas you would like to propose and training on applicable NLM resources. 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 Training Outreach Award is to enable individuals in Region 3 Network Member institutions to expand the professional knowledge and experience of their communities and patrons by providing training on health information access to healthcare providers and consumers as prescribed by NNLM Region 3.

Potential Project Ideas

Potential projects may include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

  • Promoting awareness and use of health information resources and data by developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for health and public health professionals, information professionals, or the public.
    • Particular focus should be on the goal of serving underrepresented populations, promoting health literacy, and seeking to increase health equity by reducing health disparities.
    • It is recommended that you incorporate NNLM programs and resources when possible.
  • Conducting outreach activities such as presenting at local meetings or exhibiting at community health fairs to promote NLM products and NNLM resources.
  • Developing, delivering, and evaluating new technologies for health professionals and the public (with special emphasis on the digital divide), especially as it relates to upgrading and maintaining technology to ensure access to high quality health information. Training and/or programming should be included.

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


  • All projects must incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed,, or MedlinePlus.
  • Your institution or organization 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.


  • Preference will be given to projects that reach underserved, minority and underrepresented communities.


  • Food, promotional items, and furniture are not allowable expenses.
  • Projects containing Human Subjects Research components will not be reviewed or considered for funding.
    • Applicants that can generate a determination letter from their IRB stating that their project does not meet regulatory definitions (i.e. quality improvement activities that are not human subjects research) should submit documentation as soon as possible. 

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This page was last reviewed March 30, 2023 and last updated March 29, 2023