Dear colleagues,

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting input from stakeholders – including psychological scientists --  on its strategic plan framework. Comments can be submitted electronically at the NIH-wide Strategic Plan RFI Submission website through August 16, 2015.

The NIH framework “identifies areas of opportunity that apply across biomedicine [which includes behavioral and social sciences] and unifying principles to guide NIH in supporting the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to exemplify the breadth of ICO [Institute, Center and Office] priorities by identifying major cross-cutting themes. The myriad of important research opportunities for specific disease applications are covered in individual strategic plans from each ICO, and thus will not be the focus of this larger NIH-wide Strategic Plan.”

There are good reasons why psychological scientists should examine and comment on this framework for the NIH strategic plan. NIH has not had an overall strategic plan since the mid-1990s. The priorities outlined in this new plan may have a dramatic effect on funding in the future. If the behavioral and social sciences are not well represented in the final plan, members of Congress or others could argue, with justification, that other research is more important. More information is available on APA’s Science Advocacy Blog

The American Psychological Association will submit comments before the August 16 deadline.  If you have suggestions for points to be included in APA’s comments, please send them to Pat Kobor at the APA Science Government Relations Office.  Thanks very much for sharing your expertise in a good cause!