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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552 provides individuals with a right to access information in the possession of the U.S. Federal Government. The Government, however, may withhold information covered by 9 exemptions and 3 exclusions contained in the Act.

Before submitting a request under FOIA, individuals should try to determine whether the information sought is already in the public domain and whether it is or may be held by the National Institute on Aging.  NIA has information available in both published and electronic formats.  A search of NIA's Web Site,, can be helpful in locating information and lists of available publications.

If data produced under an NIA grant are sought, the data will be released under FOIA only if specific requirements are met.

It is important to note that FOIA allows agencies to recover part of the costs associated with responding to requests. Department of Health and Human Services regulations describe specific rules for fees, requesting a fee waiver, and reducing fees.

Questions about FOIA and requests for information held by NIA can be directed either to the NIA FOIA Office or to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FOIA Office.

To request a funded grant or other information, send a signed letter with as much detailed information as you have. Please include your telephone number and address.

Send requests to the NIA FOIA Office at:

6705 Rockledge Dr.
Suite 6070
Bethesda, MD 20892-7957

Telephone: 301-496-9737
Fax number: 301-402-3604