The importance of correctly acknowledging your NIAMS/NIH support

Dear NIAMS Grantee,

As you return to your lab or clinic, I’d like to take a moment to say “thank you” because it is your efforts that move the NIAMS/NIH mission forward. We at NIH are here to support you. Conversely, when you communicate your research findings to the world, please continue to acknowledge relevant NIAMS/NIH funding in research papers, presentations, news, and other communications. This helps fulfill our commitment to inform the American public about the vital role of the NIH and biomedical research. The support of the public, as expressed through their representatives in Congress, is vital to our shared future.

Listed below are a few reminders to ensure that your work is properly credited.

Thank you for helping us spread the word that taxpayer dollars are funding biomedical research that is improving the health of all Americans.

Robert H. Carter, M.D.
Acting Director
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Tips for Communicating Federal Funding

  1. When you acknowledge NIH support, please check that you are accurately linking your research accomplishments to the proper grant number(s), as this allows NIH and the public to clearly assess the impact of the research that we fund.
  2. For those who have more than one grant, please only cite the project(s) that supported your research. If you are unsure which grants to acknowledge, the specific aims of the project should be the determining factor.
  3. In addition, we ask that you please cite the proper grant numbers in the correct format; this helps to improve federally-supported information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Central, and RePORTER.

Lastly, if you have an accepted publication or your institution is planning a press release, please contact our Science Communications and Outreach Branch so NIAMS staff can explore potential publicity opportunities with you and your institution.


NIH Grants Policy: Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding
NIAMS funding acknowledgment slide(PPT – 272 KB) for your presentations
NIH Public Access Policy
Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Product

Last Updated: July 2020