NINR – The Institute for Health and Wellbeing

NINR is a leader in nursing research, which addresses health and wellbeing across the lifespan. From the molecular basis of brain disorders to the development of new models of care, our research spans a vast range of disciplines. Our researchers use a variety of approaches and research lenses that promote scientific explorations to improve the health outcomes and healthcare services for our nation’s diverse populations.

NIHR supports a wide array of funding mechanisms for investigator-initiated research and training. Each has its own unique requirements, but all have dual review for scientific merit and program relevance by expert panels. These include traditional research grants (R01s), specialized research and core centers, fellowships and other training programs, and developmental awards.

To support a broad range of research in the sciences related to human health and wellness, NINR has launched several new initiatives. For example, the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) provides opportunities for researchers to submit proposals that advance knowledge in areas of science relevant to NINR’s mission.

Another initiative is the NIH Common Fund Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative, which funds innovative projects that seek to understand, reduce, and eliminate disparities in health and health care. NINR is also co-leading an NIH-wide Social Determinants of Health Research Coordinating Committee (SDOH RCC) to accelerate research in these important determinants of health.

In addition, NINR has recently begun a new priority area: Translating Research to Improve Patient Outcomes. This new initiative recognizes that nursing research can be used to help improve the health of people with complex needs. This includes individuals with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. It also includes individuals who are at a higher risk of developing these conditions, such as infants and children from low-income families; adolescents from culturally diverse backgrounds; and adults over the age of 65.

As part of this effort, NINR has released its Strategic Plan, which details the Institute’s mission, goals and future endeavors. Read the plan and learn about the many ways you can get involved in advancing NINR’s work.