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Grant Programs 


Research Support 

Grants are available for fundamental and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science. Areas of research interest include: representation, organization and retrieval of biomedical and biological data and images; enhancement of human intellectual capacities through virtual reality, dynamic modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; medical decision-making; linguistic analyses for natural language processing and understanding; informatics topics relevant to public health and informatics for disaster management.

Click Here to view a list of COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and NIH Guide Notices to which NLM participates

Resource Support

Resource grants are designed to improve the dissemination, management and use of biomedical knowledge. Resource grants support the development and deployment of knowledge management tools, resources, and services that address identified, unmet needs for a broad audience.

Career Development Support

NLM offers an early career development award to help informatics trainees make the transition to a successful independent research career. A loan repayment program provides for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals..

Training Support

To assure an adequate national pool of informatics researchers and health information specialists, training is offered through formal programs and individual fellowships.

Small Business Research & Development Support

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants are made to U.S. small businesses that seek to undertake informatics research and development leading to commercialization. The STTR program requires a small business applicant organization to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

  • PHS 2020-02 SBIR and STTR Omnibus/Parent Grant Solicitations SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-20-260) and STTR (R41/42) (PA-20-265)
     Support for small businesses that seek to undertake informatics research and development leading to commercialization. Phase I, Phase II and Fast-Track.
  • NIH SBIR/STTR Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    R41/R42 (RFA-NS-20-009) and R43/R44 (RFA-NS-20-011)
    An aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.

Last Reviewed: October 5, 2023