NIAID FreeStuff is a simple, user-friendly website where staff at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), can post and search for surplus equipment and supplies. The site fosters collaboration among laboratories and offices during a time of shrinking budgets. It encourages the reuse of already owned NIAD stuff rather than the purchase of new stuff.
NIAID FreeStuff promotes the reduction of operational expenses so that a higher percentage of budget dollars may be spent on mission-critical research, such as studies on HIV/AIDS, influenza, and other infectious diseases. NIAID FreeStuff has saved the institute thousands of dollars since its release in October 2011. The site is scalable and can be easily and inexpensively shared with other government agencies. In fact, plans are underway to expand the site to all of the institutes at NIH.