The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

What is NIAMS?

Almost every household in America is affected by diseases of the bones, joints, muscles, and skin. The NIAMS works to understand and treat such diseases and conditions. We support research through our extramural and intramural programs.

At A Glance

NIAMS Leadership

NIAMS Leadership oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research.

NIAMS Organization

Organizational structure of the three major NIAMS divisions.

Strategic Plan

Read the NIAMS Strategic Plan for FY 2020-2024, describing potential research areas of interest over the next 5 years.

Advisory Council

The Council meets to advise NIAMS about its research portfolio and broader issues of science policy and provides peer review of grant applications.

NIAMS Data Science

A data repository with links to data published by NIAMS-funded research.

NIAMS Budget Information


See the current and past operating budgets for the NIAMS.

Funding Plan

Review the NIAMS funding plan for FY 2023.

Community Engagement

Last Updated: February 2023