We are pleased to announce that the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2021-2025 is now available. This updated plan articulates NIH’s highest priorities over the next 5 years, outlining our vision for the future direction, capacity, and stewardship of biomedical and behavioral research.
The plan is organized around a framework of three key objectives:
- Advancing Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
- Developing, Maintaining, and Renewing Scientific Research Capacity
- Exemplifying and Promoting the Highest Level of Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science.
The plan weaves five cross-cutting themes across these objectives, centered around minority health and health disparities, women’s health, public health challenges across the lifespan, collaborative science, and data science. The plan also mentions several achievements made during the previous FY 2016-2020 plan, but please recognize that this plan is not meant to describe everything NIH does.
As Dr. Francis Collins, the NIH Director, notes in the opening statement, “NIH will [invest] efficiently and effectively in a wide range of basic, translational, clinical, and applied research, while at the same time supporting the workforce and infrastructure required for a sustainable research enterprise. As outlined in this Strategic Plan, this approach will enable NIH to build a solid foundation of fundamental knowledge about living systems that will serve to accelerate research aimed at addressing our most pressing health needs.”
We appreciate members from the research community, professional societies, advocacy groups, and the public who worked with us and provided feedback throughout the process to develop this plan.