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Freedom of Information Act Fee-for-Service Office
NHLBI operates a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Fee-for-Service Center that processes FOIA requests for multiple NIH institutes and centers. If you have any questions, please call our office on 301-496-9737.
The FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, provides individuals with a right to access to records in the possession of the Federal government. The government may withhold information pursuant to the nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the Act.
NHLBI FOIA Coordinator
How to Submit a FOIA Request
If the information you are interested in is not in the public domain, please follow the suggestions listed below when preparing your FOIA request:
What You Need to Know about FOIA
If your grant application is funded, you should be aware that some or all of this application as well as documents (such as correspondence) contained in the grant file may be requested under FOIA.
“…The Freedom of Information
Act and implementing DHHS regulations
(45 CRF Part 5) require the release of
certain information about grants, upon
request, irrespective of the intended
use of the information. Trade secrets
and commercial, financial, or otherwise
intrinsically valuable information that
is obtained from a person or organization
and that is privileged or confidential
information may be withheld from disclosure.
Information, which, if disclosed, would
be a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
privacy, may also be withheld from disclosure.
Although the grantee institution and the
principal investigator will be consulted
about any such release, the PHS will make
the final determination. Generally available
for release, upon request, except as noted
above, are: all funded grant applications
including their derivative funded noncompeting
supplemental grant applications; pending
and funded noncompeting continuation applications;
progress reports of grantees; and final
reports of any review or evaluation of
grantee performance conducted or caused
to be conducted by the DHHS. Generally,
not available for release to the public
are: competing grant applications (initial,
competing continuation, and supplemental)
for which awards have not been made; evaluative
portions of site visit reports; and summary
statements of findings and recommendations
of review groups...”
For additional information, visit the National Institutes of Health FOIA Page.
Last Updated May 1, 2012