Global Research

In today’s interconnected society, outbreaks of infectious diseases have worldwide implications, both directly through the transmission of disease and indirectly through the economic and political instability that these health concerns can provoke.

NIAID supports global research on infectious diseases, immunology, allergy, and transplant science to better understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat related illnesses and conditions.

Why Is Global Research a Priority for NIAID?

The impact of debilitating diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, extends from individuals to families and into the broader society.

With infectious diseases among the primary causes of mortality and suffering worldwide, the morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases in developing countries can slow or reverse social and economic development.

How Is NIAID Addressing This Critical Topic?

Global research is an integral part of many research projects, programs, initiatives, and other activities implemented by the NIAID extramural and intramural divisions. The NIAID Office of Global Research (OGR) helps coordinate and facilitate these international activities.

With NIAID support, the discoveries of scientists in the United States and around the world are helping to improve the health of millions of individuals, advance public health policy and clinical practice, protect the United States against infectious disease threats, and promote international wellbeing. In executing its mandate, NIAID helps lead global health research and health diplomacy.

NIAID has embraced its leadership role in the global effort to defeat these diseases. By working with partners in academia, private industry, philanthropic foundations, and other research-supporting agencies, NIAID contributes to global development and stability, and enhances research that improves the quality of human life around the world. Read more about the NIAID role in global research.

Research by Region

NIAID continues to explore opportunities with researchers and organizations in regions across the globe, and focuses research specific to the needs of each region and country. The work being done to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in these regions helps further the understanding and management of diseases at home. Learn more about how NIAID prioritizes research initiatives in various regions around the world.

Research on Select Populations

Women’s Health

Women face unique health problems related to many NIAID mission areas — specifically, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and autoimmune disorders. Many infectious and autoimmune diseases affect female populations disproportionately. Even diseases that strike men and women in nearly equal numbers may have unique consequences or complications for women. Read more about how NIAID is addressing health challenges for women.

Minority Health

NIAID has long recognized that racial and ethnic differences affect susceptibility to infection and disease. Health disparities or gaps in the quality of health and health care mirror differences in socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic background, and education level. NIAID is committed to research that helps reduce these health disparities. Read more about NIAID efforts to improve minority health.

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NIAID is deeply committed to international research collaboration that is mutually beneficial and scientifically productive. 

Content last reviewed on August 2, 2016