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.
- The Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Regional Medical Libraries offer grant funding in their respective regionsexternal icon. Funded projects often address health literacy by linking members of the community with quality health information resources and providing training on their use. Other projects address health literacy by offering training to information professionals, healthcare providers, or other health professionals about how to support and address health literacy in their communities. You can also find information about previously funded projectsexternal icon, and filter the list of projects by multiple parameters.
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) lists Funding Opportunitiesexternal icon, including a Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) announcing interest in research on improving organizational health literacy to prevent and manage chronic diseaseexternal icon.
- AHRQ has tools and dataexternal icon to help health services researchers conduct health literacy research.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides key research findings on health literacyexternal icon.
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
- The Network of the National Library of Medicineexternal icon provides resources for writing a proposal, submitting an application, submitting project reports, and more.
- The NIH Grants & Funding office provides the following guidance on grants.
- Write Your Applicationexternal icon is a resource that may help you develop a strong application that allows reviewers to better evaluate the science and merit of your proposal.
- Communicating Research Intent and Value in NIH Applications: Plain Language Examplesexternal icon illustrates ways to reword titles, abstracts, and public health relevance statements to better communicate the value and intent of your application to nonscientists.