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NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Eligible
States to Improve Health Information Literacy

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) and NIH All of Us Research Program

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Deadline Date:

10/16/19 3:00 PM PT


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Grants to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington funding source member libraries and other organizations for projects that improve health information literacy and education outreach. Funding is intended to improve the public's access to health information, thereby enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying.

The purpose of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award is to support libraries for projects that improve health information literacy, improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information, and to increase awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program.


The NIH All of Us Research Program has a mission to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

Goals of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award include:

  • To improve consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the region.
  • To support health literacy education and outreach in local/regional communities.
  • To raise the public’s awareness of the All of Us Research Program.
  • Improve understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.

Projects are strongly encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Provide training to public library staff and/or patrons on one or more National Library of Medicine resources, such as MedlinePlus (link is external), (link is external), or Genetics Home Reference (link is external). 
  • Provide engagement in health literacy initiatives and awareness of the All of Us Research Program.
  • Provide training and educational activities to support the capacity of public library staff to carry out health information and health literacy sessions for their communities.
  • Improve awareness of and develop skills to locate high-quality biomedical and health information with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Promote health information literacy in patient or consumer health education with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Encourage partnerships between health sciences, hospital, academic and public libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, volunteer organizations, and other public venues.
  • Promote and improve access to library and information services with diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Improve digital literacy amongst diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Improve understanding of and participation in scientific research, including the All of Us Research Program and citizen science, with diverse and underrepresented populations.

For a list of potential project examples, see the URL for Full Text link below. 

Allowable expenses include Personnel, equipment, supplies, travel and other costs such as reproduction of materials, software, Internet service provider fees. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185665

Number of Grants:

During Year 4 (May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020) funding is available for at least 3 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020. A no-cost extension through December 2020 can be requested to complete activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network member organizations in the Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) are eligible to apply. Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application:

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Pre-Application Information:

By Wednesday, September 11, 2019, applicants should inform NNLM PNR of their intent to apply by submitting a Letter of Intent, including a short description of the project and how it fits NNLM’s purpose for the award.

By October 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm PT, the completed application and attachments should be compiled into one PDF and sent as an email attachment to NNLM PNR.

Note: Applications submitted by October 16, 2019 will receive first consideration.

Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

The All of Us Research Program webpage:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send the Letter of Intent and final application via email attachment to:

Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, NNLM PNR
Telephone: (206) 543-9261

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington