Funding Possibilities for Health Sciences Librarians – from NLM

If you want to do health sciences research, visit the NLM Extramural Programs Page.   Examples of funding include: bioinformatics, genomics, electronic health records, data mining, health literacy, conferences, and small businesses. You can also find information about other NLM grants and training opportunities. Individuals can also get funding.

You can get funding for history of medicine manuscripts. If you want funding to further your education, consider scholarships or training opportunities like theNLM Associate Fellows Program through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine®.

Also, contact your regional, and local library associations. The NLM National Network of Libraries of Medicine blog, Bringing Health Information to the Communities (BHIC)  is an excellent source of funding information for librarians and for libraries.  Search for “grants”.   Other federal government funding resources include:

The Medical Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and are examples of professional associations that provide awards, grants, scholarships and training programs to members. For example, MLA sponsors, such as the Librarians without Borders® . The ALA Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) section offers awards and scholarships. ACRL also offers “Winning Grants” courses for members and non-members.

A recent ALA News article titled “An Invaluable Guide to Where the Money Is” points out that “sometimes a grant can make the difference between maintaining or cutting services, especially at a time when no institution is immune from the budget crunch.”  The article reviews the new edition of, “The ALA Book of Library Grant Money” by Ann Kepler, which the author calls the “gold standard for locating sources of funding”.

Another resource is Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Multimedia Tutorials and Grant Development may also be useful. It’s reviewed in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

QUESTION:  Which funding resources do you recommend for health sciences libraries, individual librarians, and their partners?

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing: Retrieved 2011 Sept 7.

Acknowledgement: A special thanks to Mabel Mendez and Marcia Zorn for their work on this posting.

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