Where is NIH?


The National Institutes of Health is the world’s premier public funder of biomedical research. Their goal is to improve health and extend life by supporting fundamental discoveries and new approaches to biomedical investigation.

However, experts contend President Obama’s request for ARPA-H could put it in competition with NIH.

Bethesda Campus

Bethesda Campus is home to the National Institutes of Health, the National Naval Medical Center, several large corporations, and many restaurants – making for a vibrant urban community.

The National Institutes of Health was created in 1930 to consolidate government-funded medical research efforts that had begun as early as 1887. Since its creation, 169 NIH scientists have won Nobel Prizes for their discoveries – such as developing magnetic resonance imaging technology, understanding cholesterol regulation strategies, and learning about how our brain processes visual information.

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Off-Campus Locations

Apart from its main campus in Bethesda, NIH maintains numerous off-campus locations that serve either research purposes or patient care – these facilities include the NIH Clinical Center, which treats those participating in investigational procedures without other treatment options. Furthermore, exceptional staff will continue performing essential patient care activities like assuring the safety of participants and maintaining cell lines.

NIH also maintains the National Library of Medicine, an indispensable source of medical information in America. At every location, NIH scientists work collaboratively towards turning discovery into health.

An off-campus location to qualify as a branch campus must offer comprehensive programs of instruction that complement those available on the main campus, in addition to going through HLC’s process for adding a location or branch campus, which includes an evaluation visit.


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NIH-supported research has saved millions of lives through treatment and prevention, such as decreasing stroke deaths, expanding HIV test coverage, and decreasing AIDS death rates. As one of the primary public funders of biomedical research, it trains scientists and healthcare providers who can apply new knowledge to improve human health.

NIH is taking bolder risks with its Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), an arm modeled on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon. However, requests at both agencies are increasing amid increased congressional aversion towards nondefense spending increases. According to one former staff director of the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee responsible for allocating the NIH budget, this could put these agencies in competition for funding.


NIH fosters a safe, open, and collegial environment throughout our owned and leased facilities. To safeguard research subjects, various security measures have been put in place.

To avoid interference with critical work, NIH will temporarily restrict all visitor access to its Gateway Visitor Center and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF). Visitors will also be subjected to both personal and vehicle inspections.

Regarding information security, NIH has not fully implemented recommendations to detect cyber threats by conducting an inventory, categorizing systems according to guidance, and authorizing each system based on defined system boundaries. In addition, incident response plans or alternate processing sites for three systems, as required, have yet to be developed and tested thoroughly or established per guidance.

All employees at NIH must complete mandatory cybersecurity training and refreshers, which are available on their cybersecurity website. In addition, NIH is working with identity providers to enable researchers to use federated access to resources hosted by them at different levels of assurance.