How We Are Organized

How We Are Organized 

The FNIH is comprised of eight departments, including an Office of the President. 

Office of the President 

The Office of the President includes the President and Executive Director, who is the chief executive officer of the Foundation and oversees the strategic direction of the FNIH’s people, policy, operations and performance. A member of the FNIH Board of Directors, the President and Executive Director is the Foundation’s principal spokesperson on biomedical innovation, scientific leadership and public health policy to stakeholders and the public. A strategic partner to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and NIH leadership, the President and Executive Director aims to ensure that the Foundation fulfills its Congressional mandate to support the NIH in its mission and advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries that improve the quality of people’s lives.


The Advancement Department helps individuals further the biomedical research that is important to them and their family.

Through a collaborative process that is targeted to their needs, Advancement offers guidance and stewardship in meeting their philanthropic goals in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This bespoke service is made possible by the Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with the NIH and industry partners.

While many people designate their gift when donating online or mailing their check, other individuals benefit from more in-depth support from Advancement. Through giving where it is needed most or funding specific research, there are many ways to make a difference in medical discovery. We invite you to explore these opportunities with Advancement.

Communications and Events The FNIH Communications Department raises awareness about the FNIH, its programs and its events. Using a multi-pronged communications and media strategy – including the website, e-mail marketing, social media and other channels – Communications amplifies messaging about FNIH programs to enhance visibility for the Foundation working with a variety of stakeholders.

The Meetings and Events Department conceptualizes, plans, executes and evaluates high-quality, productive, innovative and economical convenings that advance the organization’s mission. These convenings include, but are not limited to, research project team meetings and conferences, donor stewardship lectures and symposia and special events. The department oversees the management of FNIH highly respected awards and prizes. 


The Development Department secures funding and other resources that support the biomedical research, education and training, and other programs the FNIH undertakes. Our experienced team of fundraisers and relationship managers works with corporations, foundations, not-for-profits and other organizations to foster strong and effective collaborations to meet shared scientific goals and advance the public health mission of the NIH. 

Development also works closely with the Office of the NIH Director and other stakeholders to provide FNIH perspectives on potential partnership proposals originated at the NIH, and coordinates FNIH review of NIH-approved Requests for Collaboration, for inclusion in the FNIH program portfolio.


The FNIH Finance department is responsible for the Foundation’s finance functions.  Responsibility includes all internal and external reporting, including annual audits, the 990 form and 1099s.  Other areas of responsibility include cash flow management, investment strategies, coordinating the financial planning and budget processes, establishing and maintaining internal controls, supporting the compliance function and assisting the organization in making strategic decisions.  The department is also responsible for Accounts Payables / Receivables, Payroll, managing employee benefits, retirement plan, as well as managing banking and asset manager relationships. 


The Operations Department works with all internal departments to facilitate the Foundation’s activities and improve its corporate infrastructure. It is responsible for facilities management, information technology, general procurement, human resources, archival activities and other initiatives. Its goal is to deliver the tools and services needed for employees to perform their jobs effectively while supporting an environment of professional collegiality.

The Legal Department provides legal and business advice to all FNIH departments. The team offers legal oversight and documentation of FNIH grants and contracts, including those associated with biomedical research initiatives, to promote risk mitigation, efficiency and the participation and collaboration of our public and private partners. In addition, the Department helps develop the Foundation’s policies and supports and provides guidance on corporate governance and compliance.

Research Partnerships

The Research Partnerships Department creates and manages a broad range of public-private partnerships that advance and accelerate breakthroughs in biomedical research. Our diverse team of scientific program and project managers supports the effective execution of these collaborations, which include NIH, other government regulatory agencies, academic researchers, advocacy organizations and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Working together with our many partners, we are dedicated to innovative research that improves our understanding of disease and enables more rapid and effective development of treatments across cancer, inflammation, metabolic disease, neurological and psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases and other human health challenges.


The Science Department supports biomedical innovation to reduce health inequity globally by addressing its biggest drivers, such as infectious diseases and maternal and newborn mortality. Our team of scientists and project managers builds and directs research collaborations with the NIH and other academic, philanthropic and private