Collection Equity Award (R7 2023-2024)


Period of Performance
March 19, 2024 - April 30, 2024
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 3
Application Deadline
March 26, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Additional Funding Information

To apply for the Collection Equity Award, Download Application Form

Description of Award

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, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.


The Network National of Library of Medicine Region 7 under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through Collection Equity Awards to fund collection development that amplifies diverse voices writing on health/medical topics 
or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme. Such collection development efforts are important to ensure equitable access to health information and promote health literacy and support programmatic outreach in under-resourced communities. 

The Awards are designed to help build collections that are reflective of voices of the communities served which may be revealed through different genres such as graphic medicine, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, Young Adult, manuscripts (published and unpublished), oral histories and film. Expanding diverse voices in libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, or community organizations ensures collection equity and supports health literacy by illuminating health issues either common, or conversely, unique to underserved populations in the region. 

Specifically, the Collection Equity Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 7 cooperative agreement and supports NLM’s mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. 

  • Advance health equity through national and regional partnerships and initiatives to ensure a 
    variety of members and the public will have equal access to biomedical, health, and public 
    health information and data.
  • Collection materials must align with regional or national priorities or emerging/regional health 
  • Administer funding awards to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health 
    information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through 

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 7. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact NNLM Region 7 (email: 

Funds from this award must be used for purchase of materials and resources from any genre that amplify diverse voices on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme and align with regional or national priorities or emerging/regional health issue.

Application Instructions

Online Application Overview

Step 1: Download Application Form.

Step 2: Submit the completed Application Form to by 12pm EST on March 26, 2024


  • Applications submitted by 12:00pm EST, March 26, 2024, will receive first consideration.
  • The NNLM Region 7 staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given after March 29, 2024.

Budget Guidelines:

  • Award is $2,000. A lump sum payment will be issued upon submission of a completed invoice. The invoice template will be provided by Region 7 staff.

Additional Information

508 Compliance

Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to web applications, web pages and all attached files on the intranet, as well as, internet. The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must meet all requirements under Section 508. Information on 508 Compliance.

Reporting Requirements

A final report is required no later than May 31, 2024, which consists of a bibliography of the resources purchased. The citation format will be provided to awardees.

NIH Acknowledgement

Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."

Application Review and Scoring Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 7 staff.

Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria. 

  1. SIGNIFICANCE (60 points): The proposal:
    1. clearly defines the target populations it is meant to serve; and
    2. provides evidence of need.
  2. PROJECT PLAN (20 points): The project plan: 
    1. demonstrates potential to increase access to biomedical and health information for defined target populations; and
    2. describes an effective publicity/promotion strategy. 
  3. EVALUATION (20 points): The evaluation plan is clear and uses sound methodology. 

Reporting: The applicant agrees to the reporting requirement. This is an inclusion/exclusion criterion. Applicants lacking this element will be disqualified. 

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