FAES@NIH - Partnering to Connect Great Minds

Continuing Education, Professional Development, Cultural Events

FAES is a unique educational organization nestled inside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland that was created to support the biomedical community by sharing knowledge and creating opportunities to innovate and collaborate both inside and outside of the NIH.

Mission Statement: FAES is a non-profit organization located at the National Institutes of Health, which conducts advanced educational programs and supports activities to promote the productivity and attractiveness of professional life at the NIH. FAES programs complement the work of NIH in accomplishing its mission of research and training in the biomedical sciences.

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) was created by the NIH for the NIH: FAES was established in 1959 by 11 NIH scientists to facilitate a collegial environment and provide educational activities and professional services to the scientific community. Over the last six decades, FAES has grown to be much more to the NIH community, serving not only the Bethesda campus, but also Frederick, Rockledge, and Baltimore, Maryland as well as the NIH sites in Arizona, North Carolina, and Montana. In 1984 the organization expanded its services by offering a series of short-term lecture and laboratory hands-on training workshops through its biotechnology training program. In addition to advanced education, training, and conference services, FAES supports the NIH community with services including a health insurance plan for Fellows and Trainees, a wide variety of social and cultural events, and an academic bookstore located on the first floor of Building 10 near the Masur Auditorium, which is the only bookstore on the NIH Bethesda campus.

Today, FAES offers approximately 150 academic credit-bearing courses each year and more than 60 biotechnology training workshops. FAES also sponsors musical performances and runs management and leadership training classes for scientists who want to bridge the gap between the bench/bedside and business or other fields. FAES also provides complete conference management services for members of the NIH community and affiliated organizations. Since our founding, FAES has educated over 150,000 people and continues to expand and customize educational opportunities for the community.