Dear NIAMS Grantee:

We need your help to raise awareness about the vital role of the National Institutes of Health in achieving your research accomplishments. NIAMS proudly supports exceptional science on bone, muscle, joint and skin diseases, and we want to spread the word about your exciting projects!

Scientific Publications

In each publication or other document describing your NIH-funded research, please include an acknowledgment of the agency’s support and a disclaimer such as:

"Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number ________. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."

If you have more than one NIAMS award, or additional NIH funding, please cite only the grant(s) that supported the research described in the publication.

Oral and Poster Scientific Presentations

At scientific conferences and meetings on basic, translational and clinical research, please include this funding acknowledgment slide (PPT – 272 KB), designed for both PC and Macintosh formats, in your oral and poster presentations.

Research Publicity

Please alert the NIAMS Communications and Public Liaison Branch when a publication accepts your manuscript. This allows NIAMS staff to explore potential publicity opportunities with you and your institution and helps the public understand the link between NIH funding and health advances.

Please remember that grantee institution press releases, videos, publications, interviews with reporters or other communications must acknowledge NIH support. We are happy to work with you and your press office to ensure the appropriate language is included.

Scientific Conference Award Acknowledgement

If you receive NIH/NIAMS support for scientific conferences (R13 and U13 awards), please ensure that all conference materials (such as promotional materials, agendas, and online publications) include an acknowledgement of NIH grant support and a disclaimer such as:

“This conference was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number ___________. The views expressed in conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”

Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products

Last year, the NIH shared new guidance regarding the use of interim research products, such as preprints and preregistered protocols. The agency encourages investigators to use these products to speed information dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work. As with other research products, please remember to acknowledge NIAMS/NIH support.

NIH Public Access Policy

Lastly, please review the NIH Public Access Policy. The policy requires scientists to submit final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that result from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central at the time of acceptance for publication. The policy requires that the public be able to access the papers in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

Thank you for helping us spread the word that taxpayer dollars are funding essential progress in biomedical research that improves the health of all Americans.

Best wishes for continued success!


Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health

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