The power of our organizational structure.
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) was founded in 1996 by an act of Congress as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that can raise private funds in support of the NIH mission. In addition to raising funds—more than $750 million since our founding—the FNIH has excelled at creating innovative cross-sector partnerships in a neutral, pre-competitive environment to tackle large biomedical challenges with great urgency and efficiency. These partnerships offer a new way of generating the discoveries that improve health and change people’s lives for the better. The FNIH is a top-rated health charity, receiving Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for the seventh consecutive year in 2013.
Paradoxically, NIH, America’s premier biomedical research institution, continues to cope with constrained budgets that critically erode our country’s ability to tap this remarkable opportunity. Industry and academia are not immune from similar challenges. As NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins wrote in the Washington Post in December 2013, we are “at a critical juncture—a moment of exceptional opportunities that demand exceptional attention if their promise is to be fully realized.”
An important game-changing strategy, one that helps redefine the landscape of biomedical research, one that blends priorities and mission, is helping to address these challenges. Creating alliances and partnerships that bring all the key players together—government, industry, the private sector, patient advocates and academic researchers—helps the biomedical community continue to take advantage of the unprecedented scientific opportunities now available. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is ideally positioned to create and manage complex collaborative efforts that streamline pathways to discovery and implementation for progress in support of greater knowledge that supports the mission of the NIH—“turning discovery into health.”
On these pages you will read about FNIH initiatives to find new biological markers of disease, to better prevent and treat traumatic brain injuries, to confront malnutrition and intestinal disorders in children of the world’s developing nations and much more. The FNIH is working to build a legacy of success. We are deeply proud of our accomplishments over the past year and we are even more excited about the years to come.