Our partners at FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) have brought to our attention this notice from the US National Institute on Aging. They are updating their strategic plan. If you are an aging researcher (and aren’t we all?), you may want to have some input into that plan. Here is your chance.
Chair, Governing Board
As you may be aware, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is updating our Aging Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for Research on Aging to help guide the research we conduct and support. NIA’s Strategic Directions (SD) addresses the research, research infrastructure and resources, as well as the mission-specific imperative to disseminate information. The SD is organized around three overarching themes: Understanding the Dynamics of the Aging Process; Improving the Health, Well-Being, and Independence of Adults as They Age; and Supporting the Research Enterprise.
To ensure the development of a comprehensive blueprint, we are seeking your insights and specific ideas for enhancing the strategic directions for research. NIA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather comments on the following:
- Research needs and opportunities that should be modified because of progress over the last five years.
- Emerging research needs and future opportunities that should be added to the SD.
For more information, see the RFI at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-15-001.html. The deadline for responses is December 15, 2014.
Thank you for taking the time to review this important document.
Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health