Our Mission

Bringing scientists together to improve environmental sustainability and human health globally

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation is a non-profit organization that advances and disseminates science for public benefit.

We convene scientists from public, private and academic sectors to address scientific issues that are relevant to human health and environmental sustainability. The results of those discussions are disseminated through publication, capacity building education and stakeholder engagement.

Public Benefit

The ILSI Research Foundation’s programs are conceived of and implemented for public benefit. 


The ILSI Research Foundation actively seeks out and promotes partnerships believing the best scientific work is done collaboratively with a range of diverse stakeholders.


The ILSI Research Foundation believes in a transparent scientific process where hypotheses and experimental design are developed collaboratively and openly, and research outcomes are made publicly available.


The ILSI Research Foundation follows the ILSI Code of Ethics and Organizational Standards of Conduct which outlines the principles binding the organization to rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific investigation and scientifically balanced, evidence-based work products. 

Global Perspective

The ILSI Research Foundation understands that in order to be effective, science-based solutions to environmental and human health concerns must be relevant and accessible around the world. 

Building Effective Partnerships

Established in 1984, the ILSI Research Foundation has long been an international leader in building effective public-private partnerships by ensuring that it’s programs are collaboratively developed and implemented with scientists from government, academia, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

Global Impact

The ILSI Research Foundation is part of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a worldwide network of non-profit organizations that encourage multi-sectoral dialogue and support collaborative science. 


The ILSI Research Foundation is financially supported through grants and donations it receives from public and private sector organizations. Unlike ILSI's country and regional branches, it is not a membership-based organization.

ILSI Research Foundation Financial Summary for 2016

The ILSI Research Foundation 2016 Financials 
Sources of Funding and Expenses


The ILSI Research Foundation Board of Trustees provide strategic oversight and guidance to ensure that the Foundation’s mission is being achieved in a sustainable manner, through the adoption of sound governance and financial management policies, and by ensuring resources are adequate and properly applied.

The scientific programs of each of the ILSI Research Foundation’s centers are supported by Working Groups. Members of the Working Groups provide strategic advice and feedback on programs and activities, participate in long range planning exercises to help identify emerging challenges and opportunities, and provide guidance on options.

All Trustees and Working Groups Members serve on a volunteer basis and receive no remuneration for their service.

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