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NLM Announces Funding Opportunity for Disaster-Related Projects


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, including  but not limited to: local, regional or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue departments, and others; hospitals; and faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster activities.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM ET. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget. (Please see Grant Application Information, below.)

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaborations among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the seven projects funded for 2011-2012 are at: //

NLM has a long history of providing health information to prepare for and respond to all types of disasters, and has developed a number of tools and advanced information services designed for disaster and emergency. NLM provided information for the Bhopal, India gas leak in 1984 and helped create local disaster information centers following Hurricane Mitch in Central America. NLM's Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), a comprehensive toxicology database, provides the framework for the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER®), a resource used by emergency responders to assist with the management of chemical, radiological, and biological emergencies. WISER was used in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and in Iraq to help identify potentially toxic substances. More recently, NLM assisted public health officials responding to H1N1 influenza, earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Japanese radiation event, by providing timely, evidence-based information. 

Grant Application Information

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411) and; one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on as follows: 

  • Partial Small Business Set-Aside 

  • Full and Open

For more information and application instructions regarding the "Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012," please visit: //  

The National Library of Medicine (// is the world's largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (// to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER, Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM), Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) and other resources.


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