Grantee Funding Acknowledgment: Letter From Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Updated April 24, 2014

Dear NIAMS Funding Recipient:

Please help fulfill our commitment to inform the American public about the vital role of the National Institutes of Health in your research accomplishments.

The NIH grants policy requires researchers to acknowledge federal funding when issuing publications, scientific presentations, press releases, and other products describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with federal money. Receiving a research grant from the NIH obligates you to inform the public that your research is being funded by taxpayer dollars.

Scientific Publications

Each publication or other document describing NIH-funded research must include an acknowledgment of NIH 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."

Please alert the NIAMS Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications (OSPPC) when your manuscript is accepted for publication. This will allow NIAMS staff to explore with you and your institution potential opportunities for publicizing your research findings.

Scientific Presentations

At scientific conferences and meetings on basic, translational and clinical research, you can help promote awareness of the federal funding you receive through the NIH. Please include this funding acknowledgment slide [PPT — 272 KB], designed for both PC and Macintosh formats, in your oral and poster presentations.

Publicizing Your Research

Prior to issuing a press release or other announcement about your research, please notify the NIAMS OSPPC to allow for coordination between the NIAMS and your institutionís media office. The NIAMS OSPPC may consider publicizing your institutionís press releases via social media channels, feature your research in a variety of NIAMS scientific news updates, or facilitate the posting of your releases and related news stories in the "News and More" section of the NIH RePORTER grant information repository.

Grantee institution press releases, videos, publications, interviews with reporters, or other communications must include acknowledgment of 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. The manuscripts must be submitted 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 on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. Please be aware that, for noncompeting continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013, or beyond:

  • NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it do not comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Investigators will need to use My NCBI to enter papers onto grant progress reports. Papers can be associated electronically using the Research Performance Progress Report, or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI-generated PDF report.

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


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