Nonprofit Funder Research Institution Partnership (NFRI)

About NFRI

The goal of the Nonprofit Funder Research Institution Partnership (NFRI) is to establish a framework that encourages long-term effective Nonprofit Funder/Research Institution collaborations.

We developed a set of 4 Guiding Principles by which we operate.

  • Efforts must focus on fostering effective long-term partnerships based on mutual trust.
  • Activities need to support the mission of each partner. Efforts that are not in alignment with the mission of either partner will have little chance of success.
  • Strategies should foster efficient and effective collaborations to ensure timely conduct, dissemination, and advancement of research findings – which will ultimately benefit all parties
  • Benefits from streamlining administrative processes and requirements should be realized by all parties.

Informal discussions began around the area of Intellectual Property (IP) in 2012.  But in 2017, the NFRI partnership was formalized as collaboration between the Health Research Alliance (HRA) and The Council on Government Relations (COGR).

NFRI Workgroups

Three workgroups were also formed to advance NFRI’s mission between workshop.  These groups have frequent calls to gather information, share successful strategies and create resources to share with the community.  The groups are always looking for new members!  Please see the specific working group pages for more information.

Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer Workgroup

Research Project Support Costs Workgroup

Streamlining Administrative Requirements Workgroup

History of the Partnership

History of the Partnership Part 1
History of the Partnership Part 2
Draft Principles

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to join the effort please contact Maryrose Franko, HRA’s Executive Director.

NFRI Resources

There have been several resources created and more are in development.

September 6, 2018 Webinar:  Indirect Costs (aka F&A):  Everything You Need To Know

NFRI In-Person Workshops

The NFRI partnership hast hosted 3 in-person workshops and has another scheduled for September 24, 2019.