On July 22, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a request for feedback on a draft framework for a five-year strategic plan. The new framework identifies three crosscutting areas of opportunity across biomedicine: promoting fundamental science, improving health promotion and disease prevention, and advancing treatments and cures. The plan also details two unifying principles or “mission priority focus areas” that will help form the objectives for each goal: setting NIH priorities and enhancing stewardship of federal funds.
NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, presented the draft framework to the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) on July 20. This is the second draft framework reviewed by the ACD. The first, which proposed seven broad disease categories as trans-NIH priority areas, was considered at the 110th ACD meeting in June.
The Teratology Society will be submitting comments. Individual Society members are also encouraged to submit feedback to NIH online by August 16, 2015. The final strategic plan is due to Congress by December 2015.