Scientific Reporting

Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies

This annual report describes the extent and nature of activities undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with other agencies and divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  For an organization as complex as HHS, which has 11 operating divisions, many additional staff divisions, and more than 300 programs, synergy between the different components of the Department is vital to the success of the whole.  Recognizing this, Congress added section 403A(a) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. § 283a(a), Annual Reporting to Increase Interagency Collaboration and Coordination, via Section 104 of the National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006.  This law mandates that the NIH Director provide to the Secretary of HHS an annual report on NIH’s collaborations with other HHS Agencies. 

The collaborative activities detailed in this report illustrate how NIH works across the Department to cultivate partnerships, leveraging the respective strengths of all HHS agencies to support the HHS mission and strengthen the public health ecosystem.  Cooperation and collaboration is critical to realizing the HHS goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Current and past reports can be found on the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Web site located at This Web site also includes a searchable comprehensive table of all reported activities.

In 2015, OSP conducted a formal evaluation of NIH-HHS collaborations, using data from this Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies as well as survey and interview responses of HHS staff. A summary of the study results are available here.

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