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Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship

The Medical Library Association (MLA) believes that access to high quality information improves decision-making by health professionals, scientists, and consumers and is a major determinant in the quality of care and improved health for the nation and the world. MLA is interested in supporting individuals whose research will extend the underlying knowledge base of health sciences information management or enhance the practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship. Areas of interest include the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information and knowledge on:

  • health care access and delivery;
  • public health services;
  • consumers’ use of health information;
  • biomedical research;
  • education for the health professions.

The Lindberg Research Fellow is named in honor of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine, in recognition of his significant national and international achievements at the NLM and its National Center for Biotechnology Information. The Lindberg Research Fellowship Endowment, established in 2003, will provide a $10,000 grant, awarded annually by MLA through a competitive grant process. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research.  The Fellow program is administered through the Lindberg Research Fellow Jury.

Terms

  • Lindberg Fellowships are funded through a competitive annual grant program with applications due by November 15 of each year. 
  • The award is not restricted to disbursement in a single year and funding may be disbursed over a period of up to five (5) years depending on the needs of the research fellow.
  • The award may be used to supplement or extend other awards, including other private or government-supported fellowships, but is not contingent on receiving other awards. 
  • The successful applicant must submit an annual progress report to the Medical Library Association according to guidelines for grant reporting procedures established for the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship.

Grant Funds:

The Lindberg Research Fellow receives an unrestricted grant that is awarded to the applicant and not to an organization or institution.  The grant may be used for salaries, supplies, equipment, travel, fees, insurance, salaries for research assistants, and other research-related costs as specified in the grant application. The grant may not be used for institutional overhead, other indirect costs, income tax payments, or tuition.  Acceptance of the grant may be subject to institutional rules and regulations and to all applicable tax laws. Guidelines for grant reporting procedures are distributed to the grantee upon awardees notification.

Eligibility

  • To apply for support, an individual must be sponsored by an institution or an organization.  One or a combination of the following institutions or organizations may sponsor applicants:  MLA board, committees, sections, and chapters; graduate schools of library and information science; university deans or department chairs in health professions schools or health care organizations; library organizations; or scientific academics and societies. 
  • Applicants must be a member of MLA.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
  • Health sciences librarians, health professionals, researchers, educators, and administrators are eligible.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's, master's, or doctor's degree or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree and demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences. The fellowship is not designed to support research for a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis.
  • An applicant may resubmit an application to reapply for the Lindberg Fellowship for up to a two year period.

Submission Checklist

All materials must be received at MLA by November 15; incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Completed application;
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae or biographical sketch;
  • Detailed research proposal: The proposal should be 5-10 pages in length, and it should include all critical elements of the proposed study including background and rationale, research aims, budget, research design and methodology, timeline, and plans for disseminating the results; and
  • Letter(s) of support from the applicant’s home institution or from sponsoring institutions or organizations such as the Board, committees, sections, and chapters of MLA; graduate schools of library and information science; university deans or department chairs in health professions schools or health care organizations; library organizations; or, scientific academies and societies.
  • The letter(s) of support should address: 1) why the research is significant to the field and 2) why the applicant is qualified to do the research. 

Review and Awards Criteria

The Lindberg Research Fellowship Jury of the Medical Library Association will review applications for scientific and technical merit. The Jury will follow modified review criteria based on those used for National Institutes of Health grant applications:

  • Research Proposal: The scientific merit of the proposal, its importance to the field of health information management, and its alignment with the stated purposes of the Lindberg Research Fellowship and MLA’s research agenda, including the top-ranked research questions.  See https://www.mlanet.org/research. The proposal should be 5-10 pages in length, single-spaced, with 12 point type.
  • Candidate: An assessment of the candidate's previous academic and research performance or publication activity and the candidate’s potential research and/or mentoring contributions to health sciences librarianship or health informatics. 
     
  • Research Environment and Capabilities: An assessment of the quality of the research environment and the capabilities of the sponsor organization related to the successful conclusion of the research proposal. 
  • Research Dissemination Plan: An assessment of the plan to disseminate the results within and outside the field of health sciences librarianship and health informatics.

Medical Library Association headquarters staff provides general and budgetary oversight for the Lindberg Research Fellowship. 

Ready to Submit an Application? Proceed to the application form.

 

Previous Fellowship Recipients

  • 2015: Lorie Kloda, AHIP
    "Effectiveness of teaching students in occupational and physical therapy PICO vs. an alternative framework questions formulation: A randomized controlled trial"
  • 2014: Deborah H. Charbonneau, PhD
    "NIH Public Access and Data Sharing Policies: A Mixed-Methods Study"
  • 2013: Kristi L. Holmes, PhD
    "A Cross-Sectional Study Approach to Understanding Information Needs in Genomic Medicine"
  • 2012: Mary J. Moore
    "The Investment in Health Sciences Libraries in Relation to U.S. National Rankings for Medical Education and Research"
  • 2011: Thane Chambers
    "To Understand How Health Sciences Librarians in North America are Involved in Health Research" [preliminary title based on fellowship application]
  • 2010: Joanne Gard Marshall, Ph.D.
    "The Value of Library and Information Services for Patient Care"
  • 2009: Sujin Kim
    " A study of microscopie imaging description through captions published in academic biomedical journals"
  • 2008: Mark Puterbaugh
    " Evaluate a virtual 3-D environment as a tool to enhance student nursing and facilitate access to nursing, medical and healthcare information"
  • 2007: Michele R. Tennant
    "Assessment of User Skills and Efficiency in the Application of Bioinformatics Resources to Answer Biological Questions"
  • 2006: Indra Neil Sarkar
    "Research to Develop a Federated Resource That Links Biomedical and Biodiversity Knowledge, as Represented in Published Literature"
  • 2005: Yin Aphinyanaphongs
    "Research to Build and Evaluate a Novel Medical Information Retrieval System for Answering Clinical Questions"
  • 2004: Timothy Patrick, Ph.D.
    "Evidence-Based Information Retrieval in Bioinformatics"
  • 2003: Catherine Arnott Smith, Ph.D.
    "Ten Thousand Questions: Understanding How Consumers Express Their Health Information Needs"

Have a question?  Contact MLA's Grants Coordinator