NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information (RFI)

Notice Number: NOT-LM-15-004

Key Dates
Release Date:   April 9, 2015

Related Announcements

April 15, 2015 - Notice of Correction to NOT-LM-15-004. See Notice NOT-LM-15-005.

Issued by
National Library of Medicine (NLM)


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a call for participation in a Pill Image Recognition (PIR) Request for Information (RFI). Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills. This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval.

The RFI for the PIR Pilot is at:

Instructions for responding to the RFI are at

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Friday, May 15, 2015, 2 pm Eastern. (Original deadline: Monday, April 27, 2015)

Questions and comments are welcome at


Please direct all inquiries to:

Suet Vu
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-6546