Working with the National Institutes of Health

NIH Office of DirectorThe foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to raise private funds in support of the mission and work of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We draw upon the private sector, other agencies of government, academia, other foundations and associations, and the philanthropic community to optimize NIH’s most urgent public health initiatives.

Efforts are broadly focused around five NIH priorities:

Harnessing the power of high-throughput technologies to understand disease in a comprehensive manner. Foundation programs that align with this priority include:

Translating basic scientific discoveries in the lab into new and better treatments for patients. Foundation programs that align with this priority include:

Conducting research that can inform efforts in health care reform. Foundation programs that align with this priority include:

Expanding NIH’s focus on global health to encompass neglected diseases and build capacity in developing countries. Foundation programs that align with this priority include:

Attracting and training the next generation of basic and clinical scientists in collaborative methods and reinvigorating and empowering the biomedical research community. Foundation programs that align with this priority include:

In addition to addressing NIH priorities, partnerships must meet high standards for feasibility and funding potential before they are undertaken. Partnerships must:

  • demonstrate an opportunity for return on investment for private sector funders
  • have a well defined concept
  • have a manageable size and scope
  • have a discrete timeline and defined milestones
  • be able to attract private-sector partners to the scientific focus

To learn more about NIH/FNIH partnership development, contact:
Andrea Baruchin, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the President
abaruchin [at] fnih [dot] org

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