Community Award: Request for Proposals

You are invited to apply!

The NNLM All of Us Community Awards will provide funding to public library and community-based organization programs to meet the following goals:

  • Further individual and communities' health and health literacy, digital literacy, and/or public understanding of clinical research.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with communities who are underrepresented in biomedical research (UBR) (Descriptions (PDF, 143.97 KB))
  • Raise awareness of All of Us, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) precision medicine research program, and
  • Increase awareness and use of NNLM All of Us learning activities and National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trustworthy health information resources to inform personal health and wellness decisions.

Download the Application Guide (PDF, 2.58 MB) to learn more.

We offer two pathways for our award

Health Programming Pathway

This award will support NNLM members to design and implement virtual and/or hybrid (virtual and in-person) programming to increase community skills in health literacy, digital literacy, and/or public understanding of clinical research.

  • Amount: up to $15,000 each
  • Number of awards: 15

Possible programs: Health fairs, speaker/author events, health education classes, film screenings, and more!

Digital Information Access Pathway

This award will support NNLM members to broaden online health information access in their community through technology and programs. Projects will increase community skills in health literacy, digital literacy, and/or public understanding of clinical research.

  • Amount: up to $40,000 each
  • Number of awards: 4

Possible programs: Purchase loanable technology (hotspots, laptops, etc.), mobile tech carts in the community, digital literacy programming, and more!

Important Dates

  • Technical Assistance webinar: September 17, 2021 at 9:00 am PT/ 12:00 pm ET (Recording and Slides available)
  • Accepting Applications Until: October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM in your time zone
  • Application Review: October 18 - 22, 2021
  • Award Decision: October 25 – 29, 2021
  • Funded Projects Completed By: April 1, 2022

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be:

  • An NNLM member. Not yet a member? Sign up for free!
  • A community-serving organization (public libraries, community-based organization, etc.) or a partner with a community-serving organization for the project.
  • Based in the United States and/or U.S. Territories.

We strongly encourage first-time NNLM award applicants and new NNLM members to apply!

How to Apply

Please read the Application Guide for more information about the award, funding requirements, and application materials.

  1. Download the Application Guide
  2. Download the Application Template
  3. Complete the online submission form

A complete application will include:

Deadline

Applications must be completed for full consideration by October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM in your time zone. Our office will be open that day until 5pm ET.

How we evaluate your proposal

Reviewers will score applications based on the RFP Evaluation Rubric (PDF, 64 KB). High quality proposals will clearly:

  • Align with NNLM, All of Us, and CEC Community Award goals
  • Show evidence of need for the project in your community
  • Facilitate meaningful engagement and partnerships with UBR communities in your area
  • Outline a feasible work plan to ensure project’s success

Proposal writing resources can be found in the Application Guide (PDF, 2.58 MB).

Award decisions will be sent to applicants by email and publicized via CEC public communication channels. Formal email communication from the CEC will come from lib-nnlmallofus@uiowa.edu.

Questions?

The CEC will host a technical assistance webinar about the awards, the application process, and best practices for writing a successful proposal. Please register online to join us on Friday, September 17th at 9:00 am PT/ 12:00 pm ET for a livestream and live chat Q&A with CEC staff.

NNLM staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine and All of Us resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM CEC Award Interest Form or email us at lib-nnlmallofus@uiowa.edu, and a staff member will respond within three business days.

About Us

To learn more about the Network of the National Library of Medicine, check out nnlm.gov. To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, check out their website at joinallofus.org/nlm (English) or joinallofus.org/bnm (Spanish).

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