National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) was established in 1977 as the ‘Malaria Research Centre’, which was renamed as ‘National Institute of Malaria Research’ in November 2005. NIMR is one of the institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research (an autonomous body under the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India).
The primary task of the Institute is to find short term as well as long term solutions to the problems of malaria through basic, applied, and operational field research. The Institute also plays a key role in manpower resource development through training/workshops and the transfer of technology. The major areas of research carried out over the years are on mosquito fauna surveys, development of genetic and molecular markers for important malaria vectors and parasites, cytotaxonomic studies identifying major vectors as species complexes, and laboratory and field studies to examine the biological variations among sibling species.
NIMR has a network of well-developed laboratories at Delhi carrying out research on most aspects of malaria along with 10 field units in malarious areas, which serve as a testing ground for new technologies and help in the transfer of technologies.