NIAID supports 21 laboratories and two free-standing sections that conduct peer-reviewed research as well as several branches that focus on new research technologies and animal care. Through the Division of Intramural Research, 120 principal investigators lead research groups composed of staff scientists, physicians, fellows, technical personnel, and students.
In addition to conducting internal research, NIAID provides many laboratory and clinical research training opportunities for both pre- and post-doctoral physicians and scientists.
Division of Intramural Research
For more than 60 years the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) has supported the NIAID mission by conducting basic and clinical research in a wide range of disciplines related to immunology, allergy, and infectious diseases. Their purpose is to make scientific discoveries that promote the development of new vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to improve human health. Learn more about DIR labs and how they support the NIAID mission.
Vaccine Research Center
The mission of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is to conduct research that facilitates the development of effective vaccines for human disease. The primary focus of research is the development of vaccines for AIDS but the center also conducts research into the development of vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases, from Ebola to influenza. Learn about the work being done at the VRC.
Research Training at NIAID
To promote and develop the next generation of biomedical researchers, NIAID is committed to offering a broad spectrum of training opportunities to individuals from varying educational backgrounds, ranging from high school to postdoctoral level. Learn more about training in NIAID laboratories.