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Contribute to NCATS Research

Donations to NCATS are handled in a Gift Fund, which is separate from the appropriation received from Congress. Donations to the NCATS Gift Fund support the Center’s mission to transform how interventions to improve human health are developed, tested and delivered to patients.

NCATS is an agency of the federal government and not a fundraising organization. However, Congress has authorized NCATS to accept donations and bequests to support the Center’s mission under the authority established in Sections 231, 405(b)(1)(H), and 497 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. §§238, 284(b)(1)(H), and 289f).

How NCATS Uses Contributions

Because NCATS' basic operating expenses and administrative costs are paid for using the congressional appropriation, donations are used for special projects in support of translational science. Projects supported through the Gift Fund vary from year to year depending on the needs of the Center. Following is a partial list of areas that can be supported through the Gift Fund:

  • Special fellowships to train young scientists in translational research.
  • Equipment for clinical laboratories.
  • Workshops/conferences on subjects of special importance to translational research.
  • Printing of materials about translational research.

How to Contribute

Individuals and organizations may contribute to the NCATS Gift Fund. Donations should include:

  1. A check or money order payable to the “National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences”.
  2. A letter indicating the type and purpose of the gift and contact information for the donor (see Gift Details below).

Send donations to:

Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
One Democracy Plaza, 9th floor
6701 Democracy Boulevard, MSC 4874
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874 (20817 for express mail)

Gifts to NCATS may be tax deductible; donators should consult a tax advisor for specific guidance.

Gift Details

Gifts may be “unconditional,” such as to support the NCATS mission, or “conditional,” such as to support a particular area of NCATS research.

Memorial or honorary donations acknowledge a specific person. When making this type of donation, include the name and address of the honored individual in the donation letter.

To include NCATS as a beneficiary in a will, the document should include the name and address of the Center as well as a statement that indicates the bequest is to be used to support NCATS’ mission.

Last updated on October 31, 2023