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Strategic Directions

Help NIA map out our strategic direction

As you know, NIA’s Strategic Directions document serves several purposes. It acts as a point of reference for setting scientific priorities; a framework for systematic analysis of the NIA’s research portfolio; and a benchmark against which we can assess progress. Perhaps most importantly, the Strategic Directions are a definitive statement of the NIA’s scientific priority areas within the rapidly evolving field of aging research.

NIH's priorities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: Let your voice be heard!

Research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) is an important component of the NIA’s mission. In recent years, Congress has provided a significant amount of additional funding beyond our typical appropriation for us to accelerate research on the basic biology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care related to this devastating group of diseases. With this additional funding comes the responsibility to plan and set priorities for the funds’ use.


NIA's updated strategic directions: A roadmap for progress

At the National Institute on Aging, our shared vision is one in which all Americans enjoy robust health and independence with advancing age. Although we have come far in 40 years of supporting and  conducting research, we in the scientific community will need to think broadly, creatively, intelligently—and strategically—to pursue this goal most effectively. I am proud to let you know that an updated version of NIA’s Strategic Directions, Aging Well in the 21st Century, is now available.


Unveiling NIA’s first 2022 cleared concepts for potential future funding opportunities

Read up on the latest set of cleared research concepts that have the potential to become future funding opportunities.

Next steps for the biology of health disparities

Get to know the new deputy director of the Division of Aging Biology and the division's plans to strengthen its research portfolio on health disparities.

Full speed ahead for aging research in 2022

A look ahead at what has NIA energized going into the new year.

Unyielding commitments to research workforce diversity

Learn about NIA and NIH efforts to build diverse, multidisciplinary scientific teams and support the highest quality biomedical research that represents all Americans.

Transforming dementia research: FY 2023 NIH progress report and bypass budget

The latest NIH Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias gives a progress report on NIA-supported scientific advances and looks ahead to future research goals.

Passionate about the science of aging? Consider NIA’s career opportunities!

NIA science is on the cusp of so many breakthroughs that could extend our healthy and active years as we age. If you’re fascinated by the wealth of possibilities ahead, we urge you to apply today for one of a range of new career opportunities.

AGS 2021: Connect with cutting-edge research, care strategies, and colleagues!

Join us online for the 2021 American Geriatrics Society scientific meeting, featuring key sessions for early-career and established researchers!