Promotion of Research Funding

US National Institutes​ of Health

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports basic biomedical research. 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. The NIH is made up of 27 different institutes and centers, each with a specific research agenda and often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.

Not all of the NIH-funded research programs are open to researchers at foreign institutions. In general, researchers at Swiss institutions and international organizations (including public or private non-profit or for-profit organizations) are eligible to apply as the main applicant for Research Project Grants, Small Research Project Grants and Exploratory/Developmental Research Grants. Some other grants, such as Program Project Grants, may support projects with a foreign component if the main grantee is a US institution. Rules for participation are outlined in the funding opportunity announcements, published in