Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Input on NCATS Strategic Plan for 2024-2029
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Release Date:

September 22, 2023

Response Date:
November 01, 2023

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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)


This is a Request for Information (RFI) inviting comments on the strategic plan framework, which will inform the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) 2024-2029 strategic plan.


The mission of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is to turn biomedical research discoveries into health solutions including diagnostics, treatments, and interventions through the application of translational science. As a part of NCATS 10th anniversary celebration in 2021, NCATS Director Dr. Joni Rutter shared her vision for the Center, to bring more treatments for all people more quickly (see January 19, 2022: The Decade Ahead: More Treatments for All People More Quickly | National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ( The development of a strategic plan is an important opportunity to help guide the center over the next several years towards that vision.

Information Requested

NCATS has begun the process of developing a strategic plan for 2024-2029. As a first step, NCATS engaged internal and external stakeholders through a variety of different meetings including two public roundtables, NCATS Strategic Plan | National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ( Based on that input, and in consideration of our vision and mission, NCATS has developed a draft framework for the next plan. NCATS requests your feedback. Comments will be used to help shape this framework and the ensuing strategic plan.

NCATS has drafted a full framework of goals, context, and themes that are matched to its vision. NCATS is asking for your perspective, using the available webform at , on any or all of the following :

  • A dditional areas or themes that should be considered in developing the framework and subsequent 2024-2029 strategic plan
  • Suggestions of indicators of progress or impact towards the outlined Strategic Plan Framework draft goals and themes
  • Suggestions of ways NCATS can share its strategic plan and communicate progress, success and impact

NCATS Strategic Plan for 2024-2029 Draft Goals

Please see the full framework of draft goals, context, and themes available by accessing the webform .

  • Goal 1: Apply Approaches to Foster the Identification of, Development of, and Access to More Treatments
  • Goal 2: Enable All People to Contribute to and Benefit From Translational Science
  • Goal 3: Accelerate Translation by Addressing Both Scientific and Operational Challenges
  • Goal 4: Advance Research and Operations That Cut Across Translational Science
  • Goal 5: Work Together as Stewards for Advancing Translational Science

How to Submit a Response

All comments should be submitted via a web form at . Filling out the webform is the preferred mode of input, however, you may also use this webform to upload your prepared response as an attachment. Responses to this RFI will be accepted through November 1, 2023.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and are meant for information and planning purposes only. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret or sensitive information in your response. Respondents are advised that the U.S. Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information provided or to provide feedback to respondents. This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be considered as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or NCATS to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NCATS Strategic Planning Team

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)