LIS Fall Development Award (Fall 2022)


Period of Performance
August 31, 2022 - December 16, 2022
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 4
Application Deadline
August 12, 2022, 6:00 pm EDT

Description of Award

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 work with a Region 3 coordinator; plus, we will provide access to a professional development opportunity to help hone your skills in this field.

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 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 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 on an NLM resource or NNLM priority during the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting, September 22-27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Award Components

  • Registration to the SCC/MLA Annual Meeting, September 22-27 in Houston, TX; registration fees covered in full by this award. NOTE: This award is for in-person attendance. You must be able to travel to Houston during this time.
  • Up to $2,000 reimbursed for expenses associated with travel to and from the meeting
  • Training on an NLM product or service
  • Presentation coaching with an NNLM coordinator
  • Opportunity to present at a professional conference
  • Additional professional development activity to be provided by NNLM Region 3

*Note: All activities must be completed by December 16, 2022.


July 15, 2022

Applications opened and announced to LIS school contacts

August 12, 2022

Applications due

August 26, 2022               

LIS students selected and notified

August 29-31, 2022

Coordinators contact assigned student

September 1-7, 2021

Students complete assigned training and research NNLM product or service about which they will present

September 8-14, 2022

Students complete initial draft of presentation and meet with Coordinator coach (coaching session 1)

September 15-21, 2022

Coaching session 2 and practice presentation

September 22-27, 2022

SCC/MLA Annual Meeting: active participation required and networking highly encouraged

October 7, 2022

Student development report due

October-December 2022

Student completes professional development with NNLM Region 3 staff

December 16, 2021

All activities complete

Proposal Requirements and Preferences

Successful applicants must:

  • Complete assigned training module
  • Meet virtually at least twice with assigned coach to prepare for the conference
  • Deliver a 15-minute in-person presentation at SCC/MLA (exact date TBD)
  • Write a student development report and submit to NNLM Region 3 no later than 10 days after the SCC/MLA annual meeting

Four (4) applicants will be selected and notified by August 26, 2022.

Student will be featured on the NNLM Region 3 social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the regional mailing list. This feature will include a short bio and a professional headshot. Furthermore, students will also be recognized (and later archived on the NNLM Region 3 website).


Library students residing in and 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.

Previous recipients and recipients of the 2022 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 (, including a resume or CV and a letter of recommendation from a current professor. Applicants should submit all documents per instructions on Google Form by August 12, 2022.

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 acknowledgement statement to be used for your project award.

Application Review and Scoring Criteria

Criteria for selection include: applicant’s interest in health sciences (5 points); how opportunity enhances their professional areas of interest (5 points); value of the information gained through the additional activity to the applicant’s career interests as it relates to this program (5 points); and overall writing quality (5 points).

Applications will be reviewed by NNLM Region 3 staff. Responses are ranked from “1” (Incomplete) to “5” (Exemplary). The applications will be given a score (0-20) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The four (4) highest scoring applications will be funded.

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