Research Areas

Responding to the critical needs of NIH and seizing on the most promising opportunities in biomedicine, the project portfolio of the Foundation for NIH changes regularly. The foundation currently has active programs in the following research areas:

Our programs are at work in dozens of countries around the world as well as across the United States. They aim to alleviate widespread suffering and death from diseases such as malaria, TB, enteric infections and HIV; and in the process train researchers and medical personnel in the developing world.

High through-put technologies—such as computers that analyze vast quantities of genomic and molecular data—are advancing our knowledge of how genes work and interact. This work will help determine a person’s predisposition to a particular disease or condition and lead to therapies targeting the genetic makeup of an individual or disease.

Nearly one in two adults suffers from at least one chronic illness, such as diabetes or arthritis, and seven out of 10 deaths in the United States each year are caused by chronic disease. Foundation for NIH programs target these diseases at every stage: prevention, detection, therapies, intervention and cure.

Communicable and Infectious diseases kill one in three people worldwide; in developing regions, they are responsible for over half of all deaths. Finding ways to prevent, treat and cure them will have a profound impact on health worldwide.

The incidence and impact of many health challenges vary with the age of the person, and so do effective intervention strategies. Successful programs must take into account the physical, psychological and social aspects of their targeted population.

Clinical trials are a crucial step in the development of new patient therapies and interventions. Foundation programs work at supporting safe and effective trials and improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients.