NIH’s mission is to seek and apply fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems to improve health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. In pursuit of this mission, NIH explores ways to leverage both public and private resources and expertise to tackle major public health issues, assure careful stewardship of public funds, and increase the pace of research to benefit patients more quickly. NIH works in partnership with other entities to accomplish goals that cannot readily be achieved by acting alone.
NIH can partner with other public and private organizations through several different mechanisms. One way that NIH can facilitate collaboration is through the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH). By partnering with the FNIH, a not-for-profit organization that can procure funds and manage alliances in support of NIH’s mission, NIH is able to expand the reach and scope of its research and related activities. Within the Office of the Director, the Office of Science Policy coordinates the process to establish collaborations, including public-private partnerships, with the FNIH.