The Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) was established in 1975 as a Public Trust and is recognized as a national research organisation by the Government of India. It is affiliated to the Mumbai University for post-graduate/doctoral degrees. The Foundation has recognition u/s 35(1)(ii) of the Income Tax Act which enables the donors to avail of tax exemption and has also recently been awarded exemption u/s 80G and registered through CSR-1 to widen the breadth of the donor community. The FMR has been granted renewed permission for accepting foreign funding in line with the modified FCRA Act of 2020 upto the year 2025.
FMR practices a combination of basic biomedical and translational and public health research. Its traditional research areas have been the major infectious diseases of leprosy, tuberculosis (TB) and modernization of traditional plant-based medicine. Newer focus areas being developed include COVID-19, environmental health, malnutrition and health system strengthening.