The Foundation for the National Institutes Of Health Established by the United States Congress to support the mission of the NIH—improving health through scientific discovery in the search for cures—the Foundation for the NIH is a leader in identifying and addressing complex scientific and health issues. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises private-sector funds for a broad portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance NIH priorities and activities.
FNIH Core Competencies
- Proven scientific expertise and leadership.
- Extensive skills and experience managing complex partnerships, including FNIH-managed biomedical research programs, consortia building and management, and strategic eventplanning and oversight.
- Significant fundraising experience, coupled with an extensive network of leading foundations, potential private-sector partners and federal agency contacts (both within and outside of the NIH) to draw upon for unique collaborative opportunities.
- Breadth of experience in oversight and conduct of research.
FNIH has identified three strategic initiatives to concentrate on over the next few years:
- Raise awareness of the FNIH and its mission.
- Diversify funding streams.
- Key areas of special emphasis.
- Expand and place special emphasis on our Global Health portfolio.
- Place special emphasis on our Translational Research portfolio.
- Develop programs in Comparative Effectiveness Research.
- Continue efforts in partnering to advance Research Education and Training.
The Foundation provides value in a number of important ways:
- The only non-profit foundation designated by the U.S. Congress to support the mission of the NIH.
- Has a prestigious Board of Directors that provides guidance and expertise in the full array of scientific, philanthropic, educational and business expertise important to successful public-private partnerships.
- A stable and financially sound organization as proven by its consistently high, independently evaluated ratings and its strong balance sheet with reserves equal to two years operating funds.
- Experts in creating and managing all aspects of both public-private and public-public partnerships.
As the Foundation for the NIH, we offer the NIH:
- A way to partner with private sector, including industry and non-governmental organizations, to provide resources for NIH research activities.
- A way to align common interests and avoid any perception of conflicts of interest.
- Multiple mechanisms to convene a diverse set of stakeholders.
- Familiarity with NIH policies and regulations and their application in a partnership context.
Key Research Areas
- Global Health Programs aim to alleviate suffering and death from infectious diseases, malnutrition, and other conditions affecting human health around the globe.
- Personalized Medicine Programs work to advance our knowledge of how genes work and interact to lead to therapies targeting the genetic makeup of an individual or disease.
- Chronic Disease Programs target chronic diseases at every stage: prevention, detection, therapies, intervention and cure.
- Communicable Disease Programs are finding ways to prevent, treat and cure communicable disease that will have a profound impact on health worldwide.
- Life Stage Programs research health challenges of their targeted population to develop effective intervention strategies.
- Clinical and Patient Support Programs work at supporting safe and effective trials and improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
FNIH by the Numbers
- 94 cents on every dollar directly supports programs
- Received 4-star Charity Navigator ratings for the past six years
- 15 years of proven scientific expertise and leadership
- In support of more than 400 projects
- More than 100 current active programs
- Raised more than $610 million
- Ranked among Top 10 charities in medical research organizations
- Ranked among Top 30 in health category organizations
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How We Make a Difference
The premier institution in the world for fundamental science, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) places equal emphasis on translational medicine—translating discoveries in the laboratory into real patient benefits—such as improved diagnoses, therapies and cures.
The Foundation for NIH is instrumental to making this happen, through wide-ranging partnerships throughout the world.
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