How to Request a Translation

NCI at Frederick employees with a need for translation services should contact the Scientific Library Translation contact at 301-846-1093 to discuss their request.

What We Need From You

In order to begin the process of translating a document, NCI at Frederick employees must complete the Scientific Library Request for Translation Service PDF form and provide a pdf copy of the original document to be translated. This form requires Approving Officer (AO) approval and a Common Account Number (CAN) should there be a charge. (Note: To view or print a PDF you need to download free Adobe Reader software).

About the Translation Service

In-House Services

Translations are sent to the NIH Translation Department to be interpreted by in-house staff. There is no charge if processed in-house.

Outside Translation Vendor Services

If the translation cannot be processed in-house, the Scientific Library Translation contact will request a quote from the NIH Translations Department. Translation costs vary depending on size and complexity of document. Once the quote has been received, the Scientific Library Translation contact reaches out to the AO to confirm their desire to proceed with the translation using the CAN funds.


A paper copy of each in-house translation will be retained in the NIH Translation Unit. Personal documents will be discarded after five years, items with citations will be held indefinitely for fair use, unless prohibited by the requestor.