AIRI is an association of independent, not-for-profit biomedical and behavioral research institutes whose mission is to enhance the ability of its members to improve human health and advance knowledge. AIRI accomplishes its mission through member networking, education, and involvement in the development of science policy.  AIRI was founded in 1961 to promote communication among member institutions and to further the pursuit of common interests, especially with regard to federal issues that affect research funding and regulation. Non-profit research institutes are sometimes subject to different federal regulations and laws than universities and other institutions conducting biomedical and behavioral research, leading to inconsistent treatment that could be detrimental to research progress. AIRI institutions believe that the best researchers should have equal access to research funding, capital support, and training opportunities. Thus, AIRI seeks to ensure that scientists at member institutions have the same opportunities as those in more traditional academic settings.

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