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2016 Data Infrastructure Review Report

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports a range of data infrastructure projects that serve as a platform for research studies by numerous individual investigators. In order to prioritize its investments in data infrastructure, BSR needs to maintain a clear vision of the research portfolio that would best advance its mission. Such a vision helps to guide future funding decisions. Emerging scientific and technological developments and funding constraints contribute to the need to continually reassess opportunities to ensure that BSR's data infrastructure investments optimally support its mission. With input from periodic reports, including those by the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and ad hoc expert review panels, BSR has developed a portfolio of data projects to meet evolving scientific priorities.

This report constitutes an assessment of the BSR portfolio of data infrastructure investments in 2016 to meet the scientific needs of the social and behavioral research community to further understanding of the aging process and aging outcomes in the coming decade. The full 2016 Data Infrastructure Review Report (PDF, 1.9M) is available.