NCATS Issues RFI for Input into Strategic Plan

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking the scientific community’s input into the development of its five-year strategic plan. This is NCATS’ first strategic plan since its creation in the National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-482).  Accordingly, NCATS has issued a request for information (RFI), “Soliciting Input for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Strategic Planning Process” (NOT-TR-16-002).

NCATS “focuses on what is common across diseases and the translational process” emphasizing “innovation and deliverables, relying on the power of data and new technologies to develop, demonstrate and disseminate improvement in translational science that bring about tangible improvements in human health.”

Specifically, NCATS is seeking input on such issues as breaking down “professional, cultural, and scientific silos;” emphasizing inter-operability of data systems; “focusing on patient-driven research and patient/community engagement; forming innovative partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders; identifying skillsets and competencies needed for training the next generation of translational scientists,” using “modern communication and dissemination tools to expand awareness of translational science to a wide variety of stakeholders.”

Comments are due January 8, 2016. For more information and/or to provide input see the notice.

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