Leadership Pathways Award


Period of Performance
December 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 1
Application Deadline
October 31, 2023, 6:00 pm EDT
Additional Funding Information

Up to $2,000 for travel expenses with the remainder used for supplies and a stipend for the mentor.

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 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

Award Components

  • Regular (at least monthly) virtual meetings with mentor
  • Visit mentor’s library in-person for two (2) days (not to exceed $2,000)
  • Meet with NIH/NLM staff member (not NNLM) to explore non-traditional roles and alternative paths to leadership
  • Complete leadership version of Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment
  • Copy of Strengths-Based Leadership from Gallup and other resources to read and discuss with mentor
  • Present about experiences with their current library’s leadership, RML staff, and select invitees (i.e. mentor)

The purpose of the Leadership Pathways Award is to create a pathway for current early-to-mid-career librarians to explore leadership roles within the health sciences library profession. The award focuses on exploring and developing management skills with guidance from an experienced health sciences library manager recruited by NNLM Region 3. The volunteer mentor will introduce the award recipient to the managerial and supervisory responsibilities of a health science library unit, which can include fiscal and administrative duties.


This award is intended for early to mid-career librarians that want to explore advancing into management level roles in the health science library profession.

  • Generally, members of network institutions with Region 3 apply for these awards but there are exceptions to this. Consult with your RML/Office/Center for specifics.
  • At least 3 years of professional level library experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in building leadership skills. 
    • This may include pursing professional development activities, professional service opportunities, leading projects or initiatives within their organizations or with a professional association, or other leadership related activities.
  • Individuals are eligible to apply. The selected individuals awarded will be required to submit a W-9 upon requesting reimbursement.

All funding is cost-reimbursement only.

Application Instructions

Online Application Overview

Please include the following information in your application and follow these formatting standards. Adherence to font size, type density, line spacing and text color requirements is necessary to ensure readability and fairness.

  • Text size: 12 point
  • Text color: black or other high contrast color
  • Recommended font: Times New Roman or Arial
  • 1” margins
  • DOCX or PDF file format is acceptable
  • Clearly formatted headings
Project Proposal

Application Questions

  • Why are you interested in applying for this award? Describe your interest in health information supervision, management, or administration.
  • What experiences or trainings do you have that have helped build your leadership and management skills?
  • How will this award impact your future career goals?
  • How will you share the information you gained from this experience? Please include a well-defined plan.

Please keep responses to 200 words or less for each question.


Gather all documents that will be attached to your application, including personnel CVs and resumes, and narrative justification.


You are required to acknowledge the following statements before submitting an application:

  • You will share the information gained with colleagues in your institution/RML/Office, as required by the Request for Proposal.
  • You will submit regular, interim & final reports, as requested by the funding agency & stipulated in the Request for Proposal.
  • Any web-based resources developed for this project will ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people.
  • Additional documentations will need to be completed should your project be awarded. Please consult with your RML/Office for details.
Proposal Submission

In summary, your application will be comprised of the following items:

  1. Word document or PDF with answers to the application questions
  2. CVs/Resumes
  3. Letter of recommendation from direct supervisor

The full application should be emailed to: nnlmregion3@unthsc.edu 

Additional Information

Grant Writing Resources

For support in grant writing, please see the NNLM Grants and Proposal Writing Course for tips on award applications.

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

The following reporting requirements are mandatory of award recipients:

Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a final report. NNLM Region 3 will provide an instrument for the recipient to complete. The report should cover a variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and poster sessions attended at a local MLA chapter meeting (if applicable)
  • Lessons learned from the NNLM Region 3 office
  • Lessons learned from the visit to the mentor’s library
  • Description of how this experience has influenced your career goals
  • Plans for incorporating and disseminating the knowledge gained through this award

Generally, awardees will be responsible for sharing their experiences of the professional development activity through a newsletter article, presentation, or a mutually agreed upon method with the RML. Please check with your RML/Office/Center to confirm.

NOTE: If you are creating materials or hosting a webinar/training, 508 Compliance applies.

NIH Public Access Policy

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials

To facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all subawardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with your RML/Office and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting

Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.

NIH Acknowledgement

Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer. Please consult with your RML/Office for the specific acknowledgement statement to be used for your project award.

Application Review and Scoring Criteria

Review and selection of proposals - reviewers selected by the RML/Office. The Review Committee will make final recommendations for funding to the Associate/Executive Director of the RML/Office.

The application will be scored in the following areas:

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest and/or experience in health information supervision, management, or administration (20 points).
  • Applicant’s description of how this award could impact future career goals (10 points).
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the award experience (10 points).
  • Strength of the applicant’s letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should describe why the applicant is well-suited for this award (10 points).

Scored Review Criteria: Scale: 1-50

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