NNLM Region 3 Student Development Award


Period of Performance
May 24, 2024 - December 18, 2024
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 2
Application Deadline
May 3, 2024, 6:00 pm EDT
Additional Funding Information

Up to $2,500 is reimbursed for expenses associated with participation in meetings - $500 is reserved for registration and other associated costs.

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.

Who are we? NNLM Region 3 is composed of diverse and talented professionals with backgrounds ranging from academic librarianship to public health. Together, we extend the services and programs of the NNLM and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) by partnering with health information agencies, health organizations, public health entities, community-based organizations, libraries, and the general public to offer outreach, funding opportunities and educational programming throughout the region.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 3 is seeking library and information science (LIS) students who desire an opportunity to network, learn new skills, and present in a professional setting while learning more about health sciences librarianship and outreach!

Whether you’re interested in health sciences librarianship, informatics, or public librarianship, this program will give you a competitive edge in your job search and future career. You’ll get a chance to:

  • Collaborate with an NNLM Region 3 Coordinator or Strategist
  • Deliver a meaningful presentation to information professionals from around the country
  • Interface with library leadership
  • Engage professional development to bolster your skills in this field

Award Components

Contingent on federal funds (see budget section), the following is a list of components included in this award:

  • Registration to the SCC/MLA chapter meeting, October 25-29, 2024 in Dallas, TX; registration fees covered in full by this award. NOTE: This portion of the award is for in-person attendance. You must be able to travel to Dallas, TX during this time.
  • Up to $2,500 reimbursed for expenses associated with participation in meetings - $500 is reserved for registration and other associated costs.
  • Opportunity to present at and actively participate in a professional conference.
  • Training on an NLM product or service.
  • Presentation coaching and networking opportunities with NNLM staff.
  • Registration and associated costs to engage with additional presentation opportunities, if applicable.
  • Additional professional development activity to be provided by NNLM Region 3.

*Note: All activities must be completed by December 18, 2024.




April 5, 2024

Applications opened and announced to LIS school contacts

May 3, 2024

Applications due

May 3, 2024

LIS students selected and notified

May 20-24, 2023

Awardees and Coaches establish contact

June 14 - October 18, 2024

Awardees complete NLM product training, meet with Coach at least 3 times, connect with library leadership, and complete presentation coaching; final presentation slides submitted

October 19-24, 2024

Complete any final edits to the presentation; receive and review SCC/MLA itinerary for events/sessions to attend

October 25-29, 2024

SCC/MLA Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX): active participation required and networking highly encouraged (student presentation date and time TBD)

November 8, 2024

Student development report due

October-December 2024

Student completes professional development with NNLM staff (event TBD)

December 18, 2024

All activities complete



The goal of this program is to introduce the future LIS workforce to the health sciences, trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, and develop their professional skills. With coaching from a talented NNLM professional, each awardee will deliver a 15-minute presentation (approximate) on an NLM resource or NNLM priority during the Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) October 25-29, 2024 in Dallas, TX. Awardees may have additional presentation opportunities if applicable.

Proposal Requirements and Preferences

Successful applicants must:

  • Complete assigned training module(s)
  • Meet virtually at least thrice with assigned coach to prepare for annual meetings
  • Meet with library leadership
  • Complete presentation training with NNLM Region 3 staff
  • Deliver a brief presentation at at least one (1) MLA annual chapter meeting (SCC/MLA, October 25-29, 2024 in Dallas, TX).
  • Actively engage with future colleagues at annual meetings
  • Write a student development report and submit to NNLM Region 3 no later than 10 days after the SCC/MLA annual meeting

Up to three (3) applicants will be selected and notified by May 17, 2024.

Students will be featured on the NNLM Region 3 communication channels, including LinkedIn and the regional mailing list. This feature will include a short bio and a professional headshot.


Library students residing in and/or currently attending a Library or Information Sciences program located in NNLM Region 3 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Candidates should demonstrate a passion or interest in exploring health information sciences.

Previous recipients of this award and recipients of the 2024 Mayo Drake Student Scholarship Award are not eligible to apply.

Application Instructions


All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer. These funds will be subject to regulations up to and including 2 CFR 200.


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.
  • Any web-based resources developed for this project will ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people.
  • Additional documentation will need to be completed should your project be awarded. Please consult with your RML/Office for details.
Proposal Submission

You will need to submit your application online. Interested applicants should complete the application via Google Form (https://forms.gle/VNccRYHiT9TWbX4BA) in addition to an emailed copy of the applicant's resume or CV and a letter of recommendation from a current professor/instructor or academic advisor. Applicants should submit all documents per instructions on Google Form by May 3, 2024.

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.

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:

  • Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) website;
  • Other websites specifically designated by the NLM as part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (considering changes in the project and data repositories required to maintain sharing within the Network).

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 acknowledgment statement to be used for your project award.

Application Review and Scoring Criteria

Criteria for selection include: applicant’s interest in health sciences (3 points); applicant’s interest in attending this conference (3 points); how opportunity enhances their professional areas of interest (3 points); clear endorsement in recommendation letter (3 points); and overall writing quality (3 points).

Applications will be reviewed by Region 3 staff. Responses are ranked from “0” (No justification) to “3” (Compelling, specific justification). The applications will be given a score (0-15) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this RFA. Up to three (3) of the highest scoring applications will be funded.

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