ACT for NIH is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization that works with Congress to make increasing biomedical research funding a national priority.

The ACT for NIH Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to advancing life-saving biomedical research by educating policymakers and the public about the importance of biomedical research undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Medical Research Saves Lives (Downloadable PDF)

Advisory Committee

James Allison, Ph.D.

Nobel Prize Winner; Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

David Baltimore, Ph.D.

Nobel Prize Winner; President Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

The Hon. Eric Cantor

Former House Majority Leader; Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Moelis & Company

Ronald DePinho, M.D.

Past President and Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.

Nobel Prize Winner; Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D.

Former Chancellor, University of Kansas

The Hon. Tom Harkin

Former U.S. Senator; Founder, The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement

Michael Milken, M.B.A.

Chairman, The Milken Institute; Public Health Advocate

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author; Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Phillip O. Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D.

President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine

Sean Parker

Founder and Chairman, The Parker Foundation

Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

Michael Stephens, M.P.H.

Former Staff Director, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Lori L. Wilson, M.D.

Associate Professor, Howard University College of Medicine


Richard Turman

President, ACT for NIH

Rachel Pollock

Vice President, ACT for NIH

Emily Williams

Advocacy and Operations Manager, ACT for NIH