Making Important Discoveries That Improve Health and Save Lives
A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. 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. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency’s activities and outlook.
Turning Discovery Into Health
Learn about our mission, our people, the patients who partner with us, and what drives us to improve health and fight disease. This is our story.
Strategies to Sustain Workforce Diversity
The Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Office leads NIH’s effort to diversify the national scientific workforce and expand recruitment and retention. As a nation, we can reach new levels of inquiry by encouraging innovative, science-driven thinking made possible by broadening the diversity of thought that comes with a diverse scientific workforce.
Highly Skilled and Diverse Workforce
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a Federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and is an equal opportunity employer that promotes diversity and inclusion within our workforce. At NIH, the contributions of a diverse workforce advance health and increase longevity for everyone.
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Discover a Career at NIH: It's About Life
The National Institutes of Health is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. All but three of these components receive their funding directly from Congress, and administrate their own budgets. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities, and outlook.