NEH and NLM Renew Partnership to Collaborate on Research, Education, and Career Initiatives 

(December 16, 2020)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and part of the National Institutes of Health, have renewed their partnership through 2024. The collaboration, originally established in 2012, aims to develop initiatives that explore the intersection of biomedical and humanities research. 

This inter-agency partnership will continue to bring together scholars, scientists, librarians, archivists, curators, technical information specialists, healthcare professionals, cultural heritage professionals, and others in the humanities and biomedical communities to share expertise and develop new research agendas. 

Extension of the partnership follows the latest NLM-NEH collaboration, the research symposium Reporting, Recording, and Remembering the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, held on the April 29, 2020, during which Virginia Tech students studying the history of data in social context presented their research on various aspects of the 1918 pandemic. Proceedings of the symposium are freely available via the NIH Videocast archive.  

Other NLM-NEH collaborations have included: 


National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a leader in research in biomedical informatics and data science and the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM conducts and supports research in methods for recording, storing, retrieving, preserving, and communicating health information. NLM creates resources and tools that are used billions of times each year by millions of people to access and analyze molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, environmental health, and health services information. Additional information is available at

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