National Initiatives Forum

National programmes focused on advancing genomics at scale come together in the GA4GH National Initiatives Forum (NIF) to share best practices, avoid incompatibilities, and help translate genomics into health systems.

The GA4GH National Initiatives Forum (NIF) supports uptake of GA4GH standards on a global scale and provides real-world insights to the Work Streams as they develop new standards to support data sharing. The group also enables collective learning by sharing best practices, challenges, and opportunities with a technical, regulatory, clinical, or educational focus.

NIF aims to support more accurate data interpretation, diagnosis, and innovative solutions across healthcare through global cooperation in data sharing and clinical implementation of genomics. The forum helps initiatives reduce duplication of efforts and promote the collection of compatible clinical and research genomic data and health information to enable global data sharing.


Our aims

  1. Implement GA4GH standards at a global scale.
  2. Develop pilot projects for global data sharing using large-scale cohorts.
  3. Identify common needs for standards across initiatives.


Members of the National Initiatives Forum are GA4GH Organisational Members that:
  1. have secured long-term funding (typically with large government investment / whole of country perspective);
  2. are focused on advancing a large-scale genomics strategy (often across a national health system);
  3. are actively working to adopt GA4GH standards to contribute to global data sharing.
Forum members are invited to participate in all working meetings and online discussion forums. Membership also enables access to the shared resources contained in the National Initiatives Toolkit.


Have a question?

If you have any questions, please reach out to GIF managers Neerjah Skantharajah and Yasmeen Kurdi.