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Nonprofit Funder Research Institution Partnership (NFRI)


See the Draft Agenda for the Virtual Workshop on APRIL 23rd. (The in-person workshop has been postponed and replaced with 3 webinars) The in-person workshop generously supported by PEW Charitable Trusts, and hosted by the Health Research Alliance (HRA) and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) will be replaced by webinars hosted by the 3 working group. On April 23, 2020, we will walk through and solicit feedback on resources working groups have created.  You must register for these webinars.

11:30 am-1:00 pm       Research Project Support Costs Working Group – Register here

Template Funder Profile
FAQ about Funders
RPSC Menu Companion Guide (Defns and Examples)

1:30 pm-3:00 pm          Streamlining Working Group – Register here

3:30 pm-5:00 pm          IP/Tech Transfer Working Group – Register here

For more information click here

The NFRI partnership hast hosted several in-person workshops. Agendas, presentations, etc from those workshops can be found at the links below.
May 16, 2018 Meeting
November 7, 2018 Meeting
May 22, 2019 Meeting
September 24, 2019

NFRI Working Groups

Three Working Groups 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! Click on the specific Working Group link to read and review the various resources being created.  Feedback on all resources is welcome. Email maryrose at HealthRA dot org with comments, suggestions or to join a group.

Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer Workgroup
Research Project Support Costs Workgroup
Streamlining Administrative Requirements Workgroup

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).


FIRST group meeting notes from September 25-26, 2019 HRA Members Meeting

History of the Partnership

You can find more information about the History of the Partnership and guiding principles at the links below.

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