The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

‘…NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability… NIH funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery.’

The NIH is the United States medical research agency. It supports scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

The NIH is divided into 27 different Institutes and Centers. Each Center/Institute:

  • Has it’s own research mission
  • Has it’s own strategic plan (how they will accomplish their mission)
  • Their own funding opportunities



Multiple Institutes or Centers could potentially fund your research – Institutes are organized around themes and more than one could apply to your research:

  • Disease/Health relevance
  • Population
    • Child
    • Elderly
    • Minority
  • Methods
  • Outcomes (quality of life, behavior, policy, etc)


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