The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites members of interested nonprofit organizations to our annual Nonprofit Forum. The Progress through Partnership Forum provides an opportunity for nonprofit leaders and their membership to network with colleagues and engage in discussions with NINDS staff and leadership.

This year’s hybrid meeting is structured around the overarching theme of “How to Work With…” from industry, to research partners, to NIH – including how to find innovative methods to fund research.

We look forward to your participation whether in-person or virtually.


1:1 and Small-group meetings with Program Staff will be scheduled via Zoom outside of main Agenda timeframe on Monday July 18th, the lunch break and networking periods on Tuesday July 19th and Wednesday July 20th, after 3pm ET on Wednesday July 20th, and on Thursday July 21st. All meeting are scheduled based on the availability of our busy program staff. Please check back for the sign-up form in the coming weeks.

A more detailed agenda can be found on the Agenda Page.

Tuesday, July 19th

10:00 a.m. ET NINDS Director’s Welcome
10:30 a.m. ET Keynote Speaker
11:15 a.m. ET Patient Advocacy in Commercialization – How to Work with Industry
12:15 p.m. ET Supporting Science as a Small Business: How to Find Innovative Methods to Fund Research?
1:15 p.m. ET Lunch and Networking with Program Staff
2:15 p.m. ET Leveraging Progress Across the Scientific Pipeline – How to Work with Academic Researchers
3:15 p.m. ET Engaging Trainees and Early Stage Scientists:  How to Work with Academic Researchers Lighting Round Talks
4:00 p.m. ET Wrap-Up

Wednesday, July 20th

10:15 a.m. ET Welcome and Introduction to Day 2
10:30 a.m. ET Success Stories
11:30 a.m. ET Reaching your entire community – How to Work Together to Achieve Equity and Inclusivity
12:30 p.m. ET Lunch and Networking
1:30 p.m. ET Nonprofit to Nonprofit Best Practices and Feedback Breakout Sessions
3:00 p.m. ET Adjourn