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NIH OBSSR Seeks Input for 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

March 6, 2020
Building at NIH

The NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR. The OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.
The role of the OBSSR is to coordinate and promote BSSR research across the NIH and assist NIH Institutes and Centers in developing research and training resources to advance the field. The OBSSR supports a broad range of BSSR disease, condition, population, and setting specific priorities across the NIH covering the spectrum, from basic to implementation science research.
OBSSR would like input in these three strategic priority areas (see RFI for more information): 

  • Synergy in Basic and Applied BSSR
  • BSSR Resources, Methods, and Measures
  • Adoption of Effective BSSR in Practice

To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by 11:59pm (ET) April 30, 2020 through the OBSSR’s crowdsource website. The crowdsource platform will allow users to submit an idea and respond to and vote for other ideas.

If you have an inquiry, please contact Farheen Akbar at or 301-496-9165. 

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