Request for Information (RFI) on the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Strategic Directions for Research

Notice Number: NOT-AG-18-034

Key Dates
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Response Date: December 14, 2018

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National Institute on Aging (NIA)



The National Institute on Aging (NIA)'s Strategic Directions document (refer to serves as:

  • A point of reference for priority setting
  • A framework for systematic analysis of the NIA's scientific portfolio
  • A benchmark against which we can assess progress
  • A statement of the NIA's scientific priority areas within the rapidly evolving field of aging research

NIA is currently updating ?its Strategic Directions document, and the Institute seeks public input on the topics to be included in the plan and suggestions regarding how to enhance the NIA research portfolio. NIA leadership and staff will review and consider the comments as the Institute updates its Strategic Directions.

Information Requested

Through this RFI, NIA invites feedback from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership as a whole.

Please provide your perspective on the following issues as they relate to the Strategic Directions (

  • Research needs and opportunities reflected in the current document that should be modified or removed because of progress over the past five years.
  • Emerging research needs and future opportunities that should be added to the document.
  • NIA also welcomes your general comments, including those regarding the extent to which this plan will guide and encourage participation in aging research.

When commenting on a research need or opportunity, your comments can contain but are not limited to information pertaining to the following:

  • Description of the opportunity: Description of new opportunities for research that are not covered in the previous plan.
  • Rationale: The scientific evidence or clinical basis for the proposed change or addition and the anticipated impacts that accomplishments or advances related to this issue would have on the scientific community and human health.

How to Respond

Responses to this RFI must be submitted via email to the NIA Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation email address at: Responses will be accepted until December 14, 2018.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary. The information provided will be analyzed and may appear in reports. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The NIH may use the information gathered to develop grant, contract, or other funding priorities and initiatives.

This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government general, the NIH, or NIA specifically. The NIH does not intend to make any awards based on responses to this RFI or pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Telephone: 301-496-3121