What are your priorities for aging research?
At NIA, we share an ambitious goal with our colleagues in the research community: To understand the nature of aging and the aging process and diseases and conditions associated with growing older in order to extend healthy, active years of life for all Americans. But the basic biologists, clinicians, behavioral research specialists, demographers, and experts in dozens of other scientific specialties supported by NIA will necessarily have different interests, concerns, and strategies toward achieving that common goal.
As the lead federal agency for biomedical research on aging, we recognize our responsibility to signal, clearly and publicly, our plans and priorities. The entire scientific community benefits when we share a common point of reference for setting priorities and a framework for systematically analyzing the Institute's scientific portfolio and assessing progress.
Our current strategic plan
In 2014, with the support of stakeholders in the research community, non-governmental organizations, partners within the NIH and elsewhere in the federal government, and members of the general public, NIA established the goals and objectives outlined in Aging Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for Research on Aging.
This important document outlines the broad strategic directions of the Institute. It also informs the development of new initiatives and guides programmatic activities. Notably, it does not provide a detailed outline of our plans and priorities for Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s-disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). While Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia are addressed in the Strategic Directions document, investigators should review the Congressionally-mandated Bypass Budget for AD/ADRD for a more comprehensive discussion of our plans and priorities for those diseases.
We’d like to hear from you!
The field has progressed rapidly since 2014, and we are taking some preliminary steps toward updating our Strategic Directions to reflect new and evolving research opportunities. We anticipate releasing the new document in 2019. Internally, we are closely analyzing our overall research portfolio to identify gaps as well as new fields and topic areas that have taken off since we developed the current version.
In a few months, we’ll begin collecting input from our key constituencies about what you believe to be the most urgent questions, topics, and directions in aging research. We will carefully consider all responses as we update our Strategic Directions to make them more fully responsive to today’s fast-paced research environment.
However, before we do that, we’d like to ask you a few questions about your familiarity with NIA’s Strategic Directions, as well as how you use the information in the document. We’ll use your responses to inform the overall development and dissemination of our new document.
Clicking on this link will take you to a brief survey, which should take you about five minutes to complete. Responding is voluntary, and your response will remain anonymous.
We appreciate your time and your thoughts, and we look forward to working with you to plan for the future of the nation’s aging research agenda. If you have questions or further comments about the NIA Strategic Directions document, please feel free to contact the NIA Planning Office or comment below.