NIH/NLM – NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

October 30, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other works of academic and/or public health policy value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, historians of the health sciences, and scholars of all disciplines working at the intersection of the digital humanities/data science and the history of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The work of academic and/or public health policy value may be prepared for publication in print or electronic media, or both.

Scholars in biomedical fields face competing demands for their time, including requirements for clinical care services, grant-related research and administrative duties. Scholarly work draws upon original sources that may reside in archives, databases, libraries or human experts around the world, in many different languages and formats. The work of scholarship – discovery, thoughtful analysis, synthesis and lucid presentation of findings from such materials – requires protected time and support for incidental costs, including materials, staff assistance, and travel. The NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health is intended to help defray such expenses.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of projects of academic and/or public health policy value, including but not limited to:

  • Works focusing on the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society
  • Works focusing on the history or philosophy of biomedical informatics, computational biology, health information sciences, health communications, or health sciences librarianship
  • Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works are designed to support works of academic and/or public health policy value that will ultimately be published by a commercial or academic press or similar print or electronic dissemination service that assures quality and availability of the product. Self-publishing by the author will not normally be considered an appropriate dissemination vehicle.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health do not support the following types of projects: 

  • Production of textbooks, curriculum materials, or online learning modules
  • Production of works intended for lay audiences
  • Initial reporting of original scientific research findings, including the initial publication of dissertation research
  • Development of coding systems, ontologies, or vocabularies for computational use
  • Publication of proceedings of meetings, conferences, or workshops
  • Production of journals, reprints, other serials, or other costs of publishing such as author page charges
  • Production of manuals, bibliographies, or catalogs
  • Development, maintenance, or operation of databases
  • Mass digitization of existing archives or print materials
  • Work judged to have significant commercial viability
  • Projects of local interest only, or works for which access is restricted to a select group
  • Revisions or upgrades of existing works of academic and/or public health policy value

This grant is not meant to support conferences. Applicants interested in conference grants should consult the funding opportunity announcement at

Researchers are encouraged to explore the vast collections of the NLM ( ), which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the world. Contact the NLM’s History of Medicine Division for additional information ( ), and consult NLM’s E-Resources portal ( ) to learn about the variety of databases and historical and contemporary datasets available for research. Projects that focus on other historical collections and subject areas are also welcome.

All grantees are required to provide NLM with one copy of the final published work, once it has been issued. NLM recommends that all hardcopy text sponsored by this program be published on acid-free permanent paper as set forth by the American National Standards Institute – Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives (ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992).

Deadline:  January 26, 2019 and January 26, 2020 (letters of intent); February 26, 2019 and February 26, 2020 (full proposals)


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