AIRI provides a variety of valuable services to members, including a strong presence on Capitol Hill and the opportunity to share common concerns with individuals from similar institutions across the United States. 

AIRI is represented in Washington by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm with extensive experience on topics related to biomedical and behavioral research and health care. The firm works closely with AIRI leadership to keep members infirmed of new developments in Congress and Executive agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to educate policymakers about contributions from independent research institutions to leading edge health care and economic development; and to alert AIRI members of actions they might take to improve communications with Washington. 
Each fall, AIRI members participate in an annual meeting which includes renowned speakers, workshops on timely topics and intensive seminars on issues important to independent research institutions. In addition, AIRI provides a forum throughout the year for electronic discussions about personnel, visa issues, salary scales, benefits, recruitment, retirement plans, and other topics. The directors, managers, and scientists at AIRI institutions often rate this opportunity for “networking” with their colleagues as one of the most important benefits of AIRI membership. 

Quick Links: To apply, simply download and complete the AIRI Application.
If you have any questions regarding a membership application, please contact our AIRI Membership Chair - Sophia A. Darling, Vice President of Finance & Operations, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. at or 607-254-1225.

You can also contact the AIRI Management Office.