September 16, 2022
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to inform the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in finalizing their 2023 - 2028 Strategic Plan priorities and strategic objectives for behavioral and social science research (BSSR) at NIH. OBSSR seeks feedback on the- scientific priorities and cross-cutting themes that are proposed for its next strategic plan. These were developed based on an evaluation of the previous strategic plan, a previous RFI, and listening sessions with multiple groups internal and external to the NIH.
Please note, the themes and priorities are intentionally not specific to any given diseases or conditions, as NIH’s Institutes and Centers serve as the best place for disease or condition specific research. As a Coordinating Office, OBSSR’s efforts best serve to emphasize efforts in addressing important cross-cutting gaps, and to accelerate important areas of new research.
OBSSR’s mission is threefold:
OBSSR would like input on these draft strategic priorities and cross-cutting themes for the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan for OBSSR.
OBSSR Strategic Plan Framework
Scientific Priority 1: Improve the synergy between basic behavioral and social sciences research and research testing approaches to improve health outcomes
Scientific Priority 2: Enhance and promote research measures, methods, and infrastructure needed to support an integrated and more cumulative approach to behavioral and social sciences research
Scientific Priority 3: Accelerate sustained adoption of behavioral and social sciences research findings in practice
Cross Cutting Themes
Integration of BSSR across NIH Research:
Science of Science:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA):
Training and Capacity Building:
How to Submit a Response
All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically on the RFI submission website by November 14, 2022 , at 11:59 pm EDT. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response.
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We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.
Name: Kathryn Morris, MPH
IC Name: Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)