National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidance states that “Recipients should only acknowledge NIH awards on publications and other statements when the activities that contributed to that publication directly arise from the award and are within the scope of the award being acknowledged.”
Per NIH, the following questions should be considered when deciding if acknowledgment is necessary:
- Did the personnel activity supported by the award contribute to the publication?
- Did the award support the conduct of experiments or the analysis of data that contributed to the publication?
- Is there a clear and apparent link between the work described in the publication with the aims and objectives of the grant?
If the answer is Yes to any of these questions, then the appropriate NIH grant should be cited.
For additional information, see the related NIH Extramural Nexus post.