About Us

About the Foundation for NIH

Medical science is poised like never before to crack the code to some of humankind’s most vexing health challenges—including Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, malaria, cancer. By supporting the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health draws together the world’s foremost researchers and resources, pressing the frontier to advance these critical discoveries.

Through the foundation, every stakeholder—individuals, companies, universities, agencies and advocacy groups—plays a role in this exciting endeavor to improve health around the world.

The Foundation for NIH was established by Congress¹ in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) public charity. We began our work in 1996 to facilitate groundbreaking research at the National Institutes of Health and worldwide. As an independent non-profit organization, we accomplish this by raising private funds and creating public-private partnerships to support the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): conducting scientific research…to extend healthy life and to reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

The partnerships we create combine the expertise and resources of NIH with those of industry, the public and philanthropic communities, sparking research that is more innovative, collaborative, complex, and efficient than ever before. We are recognized as the number-one medical research charity in the country—leveraging support, and convening high level partnerships, for the greatest impact on the most urgent medical challenges we face today.

FNIH Business Case


¹ The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) was established by Section 499 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. §290b, exclusively to support the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) in its mission and to advance collaboration with biomedical researchers from universities, industry, and non-profit organizations and is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Foundation Leadership

With a board of directors comprising well-regarded leaders and scientists as well as a dedicated staff of over 50, the Foundation for NIH supports and manages numerous, diverse programs and events, including medical research partnerships, and wide-ranging global health initiatives, spanning many NIH institutes and centers.

How We Work

Public-private partnerships—in many different forms—are the hallmark of our foundation’s work.

As a non-profit organization, we employ innovation and flexibility to configure partnerships tailored to best meet the health research challenges at hand.

Ours is a proven, highly regarded and successful strategy. More >>