Developing the 2021-2026 NINDS Strategic Plan

Developing the 2021-2026 NINDS Strategic Plan

Request for Public Comment: Draft 2021-2026 NINDS Strategic Plan

Currently, NINDS is seeking input from the biomedical community and the public on our draft strategic plan. The draft strategic plan is publicly available online. NINDS invites the public to provide comments on the goals and objectives outlined in the draft strategic plan through the NINDS Strategic Plan public comment webform. Public comments will be accepted through March 15, 2020. Any inquiries regarding this draft can be emailed to NINDS will continue to revise the draft strategic plan over the coming months, incorporating feedback from the RFI.


The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

Strategic Goals

Telescope thumbnail  Support and perform rigorous and important neuroscience research.

Workforce diversity thumbnail  Fund and conduct neuroscience research training and career development programs to ensure a vibrant, talented, and diverse neuroscience work force.

Megaphone thumbnail  Promote dynamic communication and diverse stakeholder engagement to accelerate scientific progress and reduce the burden of neurological disorders.

All hands thumbnail  Create and sustain a supportive work culture for the NINDS workforce that becomes the model for biomedical research and the neuroscience community.

Strategic Planning Taskforces

The four broad strategic goals set the overall direction for this strategic planning effort. Five internal taskforces composed of intramural and extramural NINDS and NIH staff are leading the effort to develop detailed objectives and outline the roadmap for NINDS to achieve these overarching goals over the course of the next ~5-10 years. Each taskforce is conducting their work in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, beginning with a broad call for public into through an initial RFI (see below). Throughout 2020, taskforces engaged in additional planning and stakeholder engagment activities described below.

NINDS Strategic Planning Task Forces: Extramural Science, Intramural Science, Training & Workforce Diversity, Communications, Workforce Culture


Input to the Strategic Plan

Initial Responses for Information: Input into the NINDS Strategic Planning Process

As a first step of the new strategic planning process, NINDS conducted an initial RFI (NOT-NS-19-079.html) from July to November 2019. Responses submitted in 2019 were included in this Summary of RFI Responses (pdf, 392 kb).

May 2020 National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NANDS) Council

At the Open Session of May 2020 NANDS Council, Dr. Nina Schor presented (starts at 2:12:00 mark) the draft, preliminary objectives under each Strategic Goal to solicit feedback from members of the NANDS Council. Comments from NANDS Council members helped revise the goals and objectives of the strategic plan to shape into a full draft plan.

2020 NINDS Non-Profit Forum

In June 2020, Dr. Nina Schor presented at the annual NINDS Non-Profit Forum (starts at 4:00 mark) to gather additional input and engage in discussion regarding the preliminary objectives for each Strategic Goal from the non-profit communities.

2020 NINDS Discussion Panels

In the Summer and Fall of 2020, NINDS hosted a series of six discussion panels of individuals offering their individual insights on basic research, therapy development, training, diversity, and career development and communication strategies. Meeting summaries and rosters for these discussion panels are available below.