Federally Funded Research

The federal government supports and encourages health literacy research in several ways. Below you can find funding opportunities, research findings, and training initiatives from several federal government agencies.

Health Literacy Research

Literacy Research

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Successful research may lead to changes in process, behavior, and attitudes or to better health outcomes.

  • Adult Literacy Researchexternal icon – The U.S. Department of Education’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy summarizes recent and emerging research on adult literacy. The division also provides online access to evidence-based materials to help adult education practitioners and state and local staff improve adult education programs, services, instruction, and teacher quality.
  • AHRQ Research Studiesexternal icon is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters. You can search by key word, year, or topic (e.g., health literacy).
  • Discretionary Grants and Cooperative Agreementsexternal icon – Find U.S. Department of Education programs by title and office. You can also search by key word (e.g., literacy).
  • NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmentexternal icon (NICHD) – Find information on the Child Development and Behavior Branch’s research programs on
    • Early Learning and School Readiness
    • Language, Bilingualism and Biliteracy
    • Reading, Writing and Related Learning Disabilities

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Page last reviewed: December 9, 2021