MLA Virtual Conference Registration Award
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Period of Performance
April 27, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Number of Awards Available
minimum of 20
Application Deadline
March 19, 2022, 2:59 am EDT
Additional Funding Information

Employees of network member organizations in Region 5 are eligible to apply. Recipients will receive a registration code for the virtual 2022 Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting. No additional financial support is included as part of this award and this award cannot be applied to attending the in-person conference.

Only one virtual MLA Annual Meeting registration code will be awarded per NNLM R5 organization.

Description of Award

The purpose of the MLA Virtual Conference Registration Award is to encourage and support employees of NNLM Region 5 member organizations to attend the virtual 2022 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.


This award supports the mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) which is 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.

The NNLM Region 5 commits to prioritizing support for underrepresented populations through meaningful engagement, which requires the support from all of our regional members and partners. Underrepresented populations are determined to be those experiencing health disparities as a result of their: race and ethnicity; biological sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation; cognitive and physical abilities; religious background or identification; socio-economic status (past and current); education level, health literacy, and linguistic needs; geographic location including underrepresented populations from medically underserved areas; or other factors or demographics that create unequal access to the highest level of health (please refer to the January 2019 Special Supplement by the American Journal of Public Health about health disparities research for more information). 

Proposal Requirements and Preferences


  • Preference will be given to applicants that work with, or are member of, underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including but not limited to:
    • Racial and ethnic minority populations
    • Sexual and gender minority populations
    • Populations reported below the Federal Poverty Level
    • Populations with limited access to medical care
    • Populations with physical and/or mental disabilities
    • Soldiers, Veterans and Military Families
    • Rural Populations


Each awardee will be required to share back to other regional members about their experience. There are two options for sharing about attending the virtual 2022 MLA Annual Meeting.

  • Pending schedule availability, participate in a Zoom session to share 1-3 highlights from the MLA meeting with Region 5 members.
  • Write a post describing your experience and 1-3 highlights from the MLA meeting for the Region 5 Blog.

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership and locate your NNLM ID, visit the NNLM membership directory. If you need help, please contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email:

Applicants do not need to be individual or organizational members of the Medical Library Association.


Application Instructions

Online Application Overview

After confirming your organization is a member of NNLM Region 5:



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Project Proposal

The application includes the following questions:

  1. Email
  2. Name
  3. Job Title
  4. Institution
  5. State or territory where your institution is located
  6. To receive funding your organization must be a NNLM Region 5 member. Membership can be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Is your organization a member?
  7. Do you work with an underrepresented community as described in the funding announcement?
  8. Are you a member of an underrepresented community as described in the funding announcement?
  9. Describe how attending the virtual MLA Annual Meeting will enhance your ability and skills as a library or health professional. (100-200 words suggested)
  10. How did you learn about this award?

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

  • I will share the information gained through a blog post or online meeting held by Region 5. This is required to receive the award.
  • You will submit a Professional Development Report as requested by the funding agency & stipulated in this Request for Proposal.

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

The following reports are required for NNLM subawardees. All reports will be submitted through the NNLM Data Reporting System (DRS).

  • When receiving funds for professional development, subawardees are required to submit a Professional Development Report within 30 days after completing the professional development.
  • Awardees are required to share their virtual conference experience through either a post on the NNLM Region 5 Blog or presenting at an online meeting hosted by Region 5 and open to Region 5 members.
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

Applications will be reviewed by the NNLM Region 5 staff. Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (15)

  • Educational activity promotes diversity, equity and inclusion (5)
  • Diversity of awardees by states and territories (5)
  • Applicant is a first-time applicant within the funding period* (5)

Significance/Value of Educational Activity (5)

  • Proposal provides justification for the activity including why the activity is needed (i.e. describe how the educational activity benefits the individual/s or organization) (5)

*May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022

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