Strategic Plan

NINDS | 2021-2026

Strategic Plan

Investing in the Future of Neuroscience

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Message from the Directors & Overview

A joint message from the NINDS Director and Deputy Director describing advances supported by NINDS and highlighting the new strategic framework for investing in the future of neuroscience research. 

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Neuroscience Research

NINDS supports and performs a broad array of rigorous and important neuroscience research from fundamental studies of basic nervous system function to studies to improve treatments and prevent neurological disorders.

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Cross-cutting Strategies

Several core strategies are important across all NINDS scientific goals and will be essential to implementation of the Strategic Plan.

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Training and Workforce Diversity

NINDS funds and conducts neuroscience research training and career development programs to ensure a vibrant, talented, and diverse neuroscience workforce. 

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Communications

NINDS promotes dynamic communication and diverse stakeholder engagement to accelerate scientific progress and reduce the burden of neurological disorders.

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Workforce Culture

NINDS aspires to create and sustain a supportive work culture for the Institute’s workforce that becomes the model for biomedical research and the neuroscience community. 

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Stewardship

Effective and efficient stewardship across all programs, together with thoughtful priority setting, planning, evaluation, and continuous data-driven improvement, is integral to all NINDS policies and programs.

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Process

The strategic planning effort charged taskforces to assess the current NINDS landscape and sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders to help inform the Strategic Plan. 

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Trans-NIH Initiatives

NINDS-wide strategic planning guides activities supported and conducted across the Institute, including research, research training and career development, and communication.