National Institutes of Health Law and Legal Definition

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a federal agency of the U.S. government that is responsible for making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. The NIH is the U.S. medical research agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The NIH provides funds for medical research in the world. It is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers. Each center has a specific research agenda, and each often focus on particular diseases or body systems. The Office of the Director is the central office of the NIH.