Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Journalism Grants Application Information

The sixth round of grant making under this program is now underway. NIHCM Foundation is making a total of up to $300,000 available and expects to fund 8 to 10 projects from this amount.

Winning projects will be selected using the following process:

  • Applicants are required to submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) describing their project by 5:00 PM EDT on July 15, 2019. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must conform to the required structure and must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system (see below).
  • Those applicants accepted for further consideration will be contacted in August regarding the next steps in the application process.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners by November 2019.

LOI Requirements Online Entry System

2019-2020 Funding Cycle

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 available up to $300,000 to support this initiative and expects to fund 8 to 10 grants from this amount.

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 July 15, 2019. 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 November 2019.

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?

NIHCM Staff Contact: For questions related to this program, please contact Kathryn Santoro at 202-296-4196 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify “JOURNALISM GRANT QUESTION” in the email subject line.