Health Journalism Grant

Purpose: To support timely health care journalism that informs efforts to improve the health of Americans, and that examines emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access. Grants will provide funding for health reporting, educational opportunities for health care reporters, and/or support for documentary films and their public engagement campaigns.

Funding Level and Number of Awards: NIHCM is making a total of $1 million available for the combined 2020-2021 funding cycles for our research and journalism grant programs. Funding will be allocated across the two programs according to the merits of the proposals received.

Qualified Applicants: We welcome applications from individual journalists as well as from all types of organizations and institutions, including both non-profit and for-profit entities.

Project Duration: Projects that can be completed within one year are preferred. We will consider support for projects already underway or requiring a longer timeframe, provided applicants can describe anticipated impact and deliverables during the project year.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Applicants are required to submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) describing their project by 5:00 PM EDT on August 5, 2020. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system and must conform to the required structure.
  • Those applicants accepted for further consideration will be contacted by September regarding the next steps in the application process.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners in the fall of 2020.

Budget: NIHCM Foundation does not pay indirect costs to journalism grantee organizations. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis if your organization requires an indirect cost rate. NIHCM Foundation will consider indirect costs up to a maximum of 12 percent of direct costs.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Significance: Is the proposed topic area or project objective important and significant?
  • Impact: Is the project likely to result in products or other deliverables that improve the public’s health literacy or understanding of emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access? Will the products or other deliverables be disseminated to appropriate target audiences in ways that can maximize the project’s impact?
  • Design: Are the activities proposed appropriate to accomplishing the project objectives? How will the project team deal with anticipated challenges in completing the project?
  • Timeliness: Will the proposed project be completed in a reasonable time frame to have sufficient impact?
  • Qualifications of Key Personnel: Do the key personnel have the necessary experience to complete this project successfully?
  • Budget: Is the level of support requested consistent with the proposed project scope?
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