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Strategic Directions

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.

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.


Attention savvy scientists: Get a look at NIA’s first cleared research concepts of 2023

Get a first look at the latest aging research concepts cleared by NACA.

Welcome to a new year of supporting older adults through aging research

A look ahead at 2023 featuring budget news, key events, and a continued commitment to DEIA.

Greetings from the new deputy director!

Meet Dr. Amy S. Kelley, NIA's new deputy director, and learn about her career background and future priorities.

NIH releases 2022 dementia research progress report

NIH has released the 2022 scientific progress report, a comprehensive overview of the meaningful progress researchers made in the past year to address the enormous challenges of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Looking forward: NIH’s Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias FY 2024 bypass budget

NIH’s Fiscal Year 2024 Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias provides an estimate of the funds needed to enable NIH to fully pursue scientific opportunities to inform effective prevention, treatment, and care of those living with these diseases.

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.

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