Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies

This annual report describes the extent and nature of activities undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with other agencies and divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  For an organization as complex as HHS, which has 11 operating divisions, many additional staff divisions, and more than 300 programs, synergy between the different components of the Department is vital to the success of the whole.  Recognizing this, Congress added section 403A(a) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. § 283a(a), Annual Reporting to Increase Interagency Collaboration and Coordination, via Section 104 of the National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006.  This law mandates that the NIH Director provide to the Secretary of HHS an annual report on NIH’s collaborations with other HHS Agencies.

The collaborative activities detailed in this report illustrate how NIH works across the Department to cultivate partnerships, leveraging the respective strengths of all HHS agencies to support the HHS mission and strengthen the public health ecosystem.  Cooperation and collaboration is critical to realizing the HHS goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Current and past reports can be found on the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Web site located at This Web site also includes a searchable comprehensive table of all reported activities.

In 2015, OSP conducted a formal evaluation of NIH-HHS collaborations, using data from this Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies as well as survey and interview responses of HHS staff.


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Trans-NIH Collaborations

Today, more than ever, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Institutes, Centers, and Offices are working together in new ways, and leveraging their unique strengths and resources. These collaborations can be formal or informal, and may involve sharing financial resources, materials, or specimens. Often, it is sharing actual scientific expertise. By maximizing resources, these trans-NIH initiatives serve to advance medical research in all disease areas and across the basic, translational, and clinical research continuum.

The 2016 annual report to Congress (PDF, 9 pages) identifies the collaborative initiatives shared across the NIH. The 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 annual reports are also available. Although some trans-NIH initiatives are the product of highly visible joint activities coordinated by program offices (OAR, OBSSR, ODP, ORWH, ORIP, and OSC) and through initiatives supported by the NIH Common Fund, the vast majority of collaborative activities take place day-to-day in the NIH offices and laboratories as a matter of routine.

Collaborations at the NIH

Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces

Conferences, Workshops, and Meetings

Educational Campaigns and Clearinghouses


This page last reviewed on December 13, 2018