Founded in 1887, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, and the United States Federal Government’s focal point for medical research.
NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe.
NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency’s research planning, activities, and outlook.
United States Federal Policy
The NIH implements the U.S. policy on federally funded human stem cell research. Click here to view the Current Policy.
NIH Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research
As part of the Federal policy, the NIH developed Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research to ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Click here to view the Guidelines.
NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry
The NIH uses its Guidelines to evaluate whether human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines meet its criteria to be eligible for use in U.S. Federally funded research. Derivers of hESC lines may use NIH Form 2890 to request that NIH approve hESC lines for Use in NIH Funded Research. Click here to view the current Registry, which lists lines eligible for use in NIH-funded research.
Click here to see a list of active funding announcements and information about how the NIH funds research.
NIH Funding of Stem Cell Research
Click here to see a chart of NIH Stem Cell Research Funding by category.
NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine
The NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (NIH CRM) is located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Its mission is to support and accelerate the clinical translation of stem cell-based technologies. Click here to learn more about the NIH CRM.
NIH Stem Cell Unit
The NIH Stem Cell Unit is located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Its mission is to establish standards for all aspects of the hESC culture process, as well as quality control and monitoring of lines eligible for use in NIH-funded research. Click here to learn more about the NIH Stem Cell Unit
Highlights of Stem Cell Research
Click here for summaries of selected stem cell research publications written in educated lay language.
Click here for published abstracts of current research highlight, listed by month.