Since 1961, AIRI has promoted educational efforts affecting research funding and regulation for our member institutions and independent research institutions. 
The AIRI Government Affairs Committee (GAC) and our Washington office educate policymakers about the contributions of independent research institutions to health care and economic development in this country; and promote aggressive funding for medical research. 

These efforts provide education, training and information for:
  • Policymakers
  • Member Institutions – AIRI promotes and facilitates the free exchange of “Best Practices” and information among member institutions including:
  • Funding
  • Demographics
  • Benchmarking
  • Statistical Information
  • Operational practices
  • Experiential learning
  • Independent Research Community – a significant portion of information is available to Non-Members at This content may benefit the independent research community.
  • Young Scientists - The biomedical research community depends upon a knowledgeable, skilled, and diverse workforce to address current and future critical health research questions. At AIRI member institutions, promising young scientists are mentored and trained by highly successful researchers, preparing them to make significant and potentially transformative discoveries.
AIRI is concerned that stagnating federal research budgets are discouraging new investigators from pursuing careers in biomedical research. AIRI supports continued national emphasis on promoting education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to bolster the biomedical workforce pipeline.


Interested in becoming an AIRI Member? Check out the following links for more information:

To apply, simply download and complete the AIRI Application