The Nida Institute carries out its work domestically and internationally. Domestically, the Institute is known as the research, scholarship and service arm of American Bible Society, which has been located in New York City since 1816. Internationally, and more recently, the Institute became one of the charter members in the Italy-based San Pellegrino University Foundation. In both venues the Institute carries forward the work of its namesake, Eugene A. Nida (1914-2011), who directed ABS translations from 1946-1984 and is recognized as one of the foremost linguists and translation theorists of the 20th century.
Within American Bible Society, the Institute serves the strategic initiatives of the Global Scripture Ministries division. In support of GSM, the Institute designs and oversees domestic programs of scholarship, professional development, quality assurance, and translation. Institute staff also represents ABS to the media in matters of biblical scholarship and translation. In collaboration with the Museum of Biblical Art, the Institute curates and preserves a renowned collection of rare Bibles and Scriptures of the World. Key partners in the Institute' s domestic work include the Society of Biblical Literature, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association.
As one of four charter members of the San Pellegrino University Foundation, the Institute operates an international center for translation studies, providing translation training and publishing services. Because the Foundation is recognized by the European Union as a center for higher education, its members can offer their clients the benefits of accredited academic programs and access to European Union scholarships and bursaries. Clients the Institute serves from this center come from the world of Bible translation (the United Bible Societies, the SIL-International, national Bible Societies) as well as from the world of translation studies. Key programs directed by the Foundation include the Nida School of Translation Studies and the annual Translation Studies Research Symposium, held in NYC.