The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) creates and leads alliances and public-private partnerships that advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries and improve the quality of people’s lives.
Established by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that convenes public and private partnerships between the NIH, academia, life science companies, and patient advocacy groups.
Building on a more than 25-year track record of success, FNIH partners to solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges. FNIH builds bridges to medical breakthroughs because all people deserve the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.
The FNIH Core Values of integrity, equity, gratitude, collaboration, and innovation influence everything we do. We strive to meet high standards, earn trust, and hold ourselves accountable. We endeavor to foster an inclusive environment, treating others with empathy, fairness, and respect. We acknowledge that our work is only possible due to the generosity of others: our donors, partners, and patients. We recognize collaboration as the cornerstone of our success. We commit to being creative, agile trailblazers dedicated to making a powerful impact on health and quality of life.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
and Accessibility (DEIA)
At the FNIH, we devote ourselves to creating an inclusive environment and treat our teammates, stakeholders, and community with fairness, respect, and empathy. Recognizing our membership in a diverse global community, we are dedicated to improving equity in the workplace, research, and healthcare. We invite all staff members to join the DEIA committee and contribute to our mission.
Our Commitment to Patients
Our work centers on creating bridges to biomedical breakthroughs that speed treatment and cures to patients. We believe that putting patients and their perspectives at the center of our work improves and increases our impact on patient lives. Moving forward, we will engage patients more broadly in our research, as today’s patients are more informed and involved, holding high expectations for their care. The most successful scientific leaders understand the value of paying close attention to the patient journey and experience.
Who is the FNIH?
Chartered by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that facilities groundbreaking research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by leading and funding alliances and programs that accelerate medical breakthroughs for patients.
The FNIH’s mission is to create and lead alliances and public-private partnerships that advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries and improve the quality of people’s lives.
As an independent organization, the FNIH raises private funds from individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations.
Who is the NIH?
Founded in 1887, the NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, and the Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. Comprising 27 separate Institutes and Centers, the NIH is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
The vast majority of NIH funding comes from annual discretionary appropriations bills determined by Congress. The NIH is authorized to accept both gifts and transfers of funds from the FNIH.
Since our founding in 1998, the FNIH has helped shape the course of biomedical science and human health.View Timeline
Health Impact Reports
We build bridges to medical breakthroughs to help solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges and enable people to live longer, healthier lives.Health Impact Reports