NIAID Global Research by Region

Global Research is an integral part of many NIAID-funded research projects, programs, initiatives, and other activities. International work helps further the understanding of diseases and disease management at home and around the world.

Americas and the Caribbean

The Americas includes the countries of North and South America and island nations in their adjacent waters. This region includes three of the largest countries in the world, as well as some of the smallest. Read more about NIAID work in the Americas and the Caribbean.

East Asia and the Pacific

The Asia region comprises the eastern countries on the Asian continent and the countries and islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is characterized by extreme diversity in size and population of individual countries. Read more about NIAID work in East Asia-Pacific.


Europe encompasses approximately 50 countries that feature cultural, linguistic, economic, and geographic diversity. The 28 member states of the European Union each present unique opportunities and challenges for international research collaboration. Read more about NIAID research in Europe.

Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa region face many challenges, including instability and disparate economic performance, both of which have adverse effects on health and survival. Disruptions in health care, access to clean water, and sanitation are problems in the region. Read more about NIAID work in the Middle East and North Africa.

South and Central Asia

The South and Central Asia region has experienced extensive social, economic, and technological transformations, and it faces sometimes unpredictable problems in the areas of health and natural disasters. Read more about NIAID's work in South and Central Asia.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The sub-Saharan Africa region faces an array of health challenges that are corrosive to economic development and regional stability. NIAID is at the forefront of research efforts to address the high disease burden in Africa and has had many notable successes in the region. Read more about NIAID's work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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