Education & Training

Successful biomedical research relies upon the knowledge, training and dedication of those who conduct it. Bringing multiple disciplines to bear on health challenges requires innovation and collaboration on the part of scientists.

Foundation for the NIH partnerships operate in a variety of ways and formats to recruit, train, empower and retain our next generation of researchers. From lectures and multi-week courses, to scholarships and awards through fellowships and residential training programs, our programs respond to the needs of scientists at every level and stage in their careers.

Medical Research Scholars Program

The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, which welcomed its first class in 2012, is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental and veterinary students to the NIH. Scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals. This program blends the elements of two former, highly successful programs—the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholars Program and the Clinical Research Training Program.

Fellowships, Scholarships & Courses

The Foundation works with donors to establish and support awards, lectures, travel funds, fellowships, scholarships, internships and training projects that offer high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to study and conduct research at the world's foremost biomedical research institution, the NIH.Some of the programs support training and education across the United States and around the world.

Lectures & Awards

As the premier biomedical research facility in the country, the NIH is host to many of the world’s most distinguished scientific researchers. The Foundation, through funding from private partners, makes it possible to showcase and recognize the work of these pioneers. By shining a spotlight on their efforts, awards and lectures encourage others to build on these achievements.

The Heart Truth® Community Action Program

One in four American women dies of heart disease, yet many do not know their risk for this leading cause of death. The FNIH awards grants in support of The Heart Truth, a women’s heart health program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.