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Research Initiatives

NINR research initiatives explore and address some of the most important challenges affecting the health of the American people.

Our research portfolio—with nursing’s perspective at its core—is focused on health solutions for people in the context of their lives and living conditions, and across the many settings where nurses practice. 

NINR-led Research Initiatives

Learn about NINR's strategic imperative on firearm injury prevention, and how we tackle health challenges like disparities in maternal health and the impact of COVID-19.

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NIH-wide Initiatives Supported by NINR

NINR takes a leading role in several NIH-wide research initiatives aligned with our strategic plan.



Over 20 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices are working collaboratively to accelerate NIH-wide SDOH research across diseases and conditions, populations, stages of the life course, and SDOH domains.

ComPASS: NIH Common Fund

The NIH Common Fund ComPASS program aims to study ways to address the underlying structural factors within communities that affect health, such as access to safe spaces, healthy food, employment opportunities, transportation, and quality health care. 

HEAL Initiative

The NIH HEAL Initiative, is an NIH-wide effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Almost every NIH Institute and Center is accelerating research to address this public health emergency from all angles.

Implementing a Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) Initiative

NIH launched the IMPROVE initiative in 2019 in response to high rates of pregnancy-related complications and deaths, also called maternal morbidity and mortality, in the United States.

NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative

The NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative is an urgent, cross-cutting NIH effort to reduce health threats from climate change across the lifespan and build health resilience in individuals, communities, and nations around the world, especially among those at highest risk.