Remember To Acknowledge NIH Grant Support

Funding News Edition: November 06, 2019
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Here’s an important reminder for those who have NIH grant support: you must acknowledge federal funding when describing your project in products such as research publications, press releases, requests for proposals, bid invitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with federal funding.

Find this requirement in Section 4.2.1 Acknowledgement of Federal Funding of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

To comply with the policy, you need to include the following (as described in Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding):

  • A specific acknowledgement of NIH grant support (this includes providing a grant number using the correct format)
  • The percentage and dollar amounts of the total program or projects costs financed with federal money
  • The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs financed by nongovernmental sources
  • A disclaimer, as specified in Section 8.2.1 Rights in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement

While acknowledging funding is key, doing so correctly is just as essential. Accuracy in linking publications to grant citations is important in that it allows NIH and the public to assess the outcomes of NIH awards.

On a Related Note

In addition to acknowledging federal funding, you must also comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, which requires 1) submitting final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication, and 2) citing PMC identification numbers (PMCIDs) in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports.

For more information, read our Public Access of Publications SOP.

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