NINDS Strategic Planning

NINDS Strategic Planning

This image lays out the general timeline for the NINDS strategic plan.


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  Be a model of excellence for supporting and performing significant, innovative, and rigorous neuroscience research.

Workforce diversity thumbnail  Be a model of excellence for funding and conducting neuroscience research training and career development programs and ensuring a vibrant, talented, and diverse neuroscience work force.

Megaphone thumbnail  Promote the timely dissemination of accurate and rigorous information about scientific discoveries and their implications for neurological health.

All hands thumbnail  Promote a supportive work culture 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). In 2020, taskforces will engage in additional planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

This graphic depicts the 5 taskforces, composed of intramural and extramural NINDS and NIH staff are leading planning and stakeholder engagement activities.


As a first step of the new strategic planning process, NINDS conducted an initial RFI from July to November 2019. The deadline has now passed, but we will continue to monitor submissions through the linked webform:

NOT-NS-19-079 - Request for Information: Input into the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Strategic Planning Process

As the strategic planning process advances, we will update this page with new opportunities for engagement.