Programs

To tackle the human health challenges that face the world today, the FNIH develops collaborations with top experts from government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector and provides a neutral environment where we can work productively toward a common goal.

Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV)

Coordinated by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), ACTIV brings NIH together with its sibling agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, other government agencies, representatives from academia, philanthropic organizations and more than 15 biopharmaceutical companies to develop a coordinated research strategy for prioritizing and speeding the development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

Multi-site Efficacy and Safety Trial of Intrapartum Azithromycin in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This study will test whether an antibiotic taken during labor can prevent infections in mothers and newborns in seven low- and middle-income countries. It will be conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) through their Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research (Global Network) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gene Drive Research-Related Activities

Gene drive is a mechanism that can promote the preferential inheritance of a beneficial genetic trait, thereby increasing its prevalence in a population. A variety of gene drive mechanisms occur in nature that can cause specific genetic elements to spread throughout populations in varying degrees. Researchers have long sought to harness these naturally occurring gene drive mechanisms to prevent the transmission of mosquito or other insect-borne diseases that pose some of society's most intractable public health problems.

Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development (MAL-ED)

The study was implemented using shared and harmonized protocols across the eight sites to gather an enormous amount of data (physical, cognitive assessments, diet, illness and enteric infection, socio-economic status, etc.) to enable identification and characterization of factors associated with negative impacts on a child’s growth, development and vaccine response early in life.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Ancillary Study

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) examined the effects of vitamin and mineral supplementation on the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Funds raised by the FNIH support the development of a genetic repository for the study, facilitating deeper analyses of the results.

Global Health Fund

The Global Health Fund supports FNIH programs that are designed to alleviate widespread suffering in the developing world. Program focus includes research and training on diseases such as malaria and HIV, as well as conditions like malnutrition that afflict hundreds of millions of people globally.

Non-Invasive Biomarkers of Metabolic Liver Disease (NIMBLE)

The NIMBLE Project is a comprehensive, five-year collaborative effort to standardize, compare and appropriately validate imaging and circulating biomarkers for NASH to: 1. Diagnose and stage the disease and; 2. Measure response to therapeutic intervention.

Biomarkers Consortium - Workshop: Defining an Evidentiary Criteria Framework for Surrogate Endpoint Qualification

The FNIH Biomarkers Consortium and FDA hosted a workshop to provide a Framework for Defining the Evidentiary Criteria for Surrogate Endpoint Qualification on July 30-31, 2018. The workshop aimed to create alignment of the biomedical community and regulators on the levels of evidence required to qualify biomarkers for use in drug development, with an emphasis on surrogate endpoints and specific clinical outcome measures.

Biomarkers Consortium - Workshop: Developing an Evidentiary Criteria Framework for Safety Biomarkers Qualification

This workshop aimed at creating alignment among scientific stakeholders including the FDA, the NIH, the biopharmaceutical industry, academic researchers and patient groups regarding a proposed framework for determining the levels of evidence required to qualify biomarkers for use in drug development.