Notice of Availability: Strategies for Maximizing Public Engagement in NIH Supported Clinical Research Request for Information
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June 12, 2024

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Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)


NIH considers patients, communities, and members of the public as essential partners in research and is seeking input on preferences, experiences, and recommendations relating to increasing public engagement in all phases of clinical research.

This request for information is part of a larger effort to develop a vision and framework for incorporating public voices in all phases and types of clinical research. To accomplish this, NIH has asked the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) to form the ENGAGE Working Group, which includes patients, advocates, researchers, clinicians, non-profit representatives, and more.

The responses NIH receives to this request will help inform the development of the NExTRAC’s recommendations on including public perspectives in clinical research. Information gathered through this RFI will also help to inform other relevant NIH programs and initiatives on clinical research across healthcare settings, with a particular focus on primary care.

NIH will accept public input until August 14, 2024. Comments must be submitted electronically at:

Comments are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. You may also voluntarily include your name and contact information with the response. Other than name and contact information, please do not include in the response any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. After the Office of Science Policy (OSP) has finished reviewing the responses, the responses may be posted to the OSP website without redaction.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Office of Science Policy