Request for Information: Input into the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Strategic Planning Process

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Release Date: July 31, 2019

Response Date: November 01, 2019
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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is embarking on an institute-wide strategic planning process. The goal of the process is to tune our practices and policies to our vision and mission, in order to better serve and anticipate the needs of the research and patient communities and the public. 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. Based on this mission, NINDS has formulated broad Strategic Goals as a starting point for the planning process:

Strategic Goals

  • Be a model of excellence for supporting and performing paradigm-changing, innovative, and rigorous neuroscience research.
  • 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.
  • Promote the timely dissemination of accurate and rigorous information about scientific discoveries and their implications for neurological health.
  • Create and sustain a supportive work culture for the NINDS work force and facilitate and reward analogous efforts in the outside neuroscience community.

The purpose of this time-sensitive RFI is to solicit input on concrete means to accomplish these strategic goals over the next 5-10 years. NINDS will use responses collected as part of this RFI to inform the planning process, to help identify relevant experts and stakeholders, and to formulate and prioritize objectives and action plans for achieving each Strategic Goal. The resulting NINDS-wide Strategic Plan will be posted draft form for additional public comment before implementation.

Information Requested:

NINDS invites input from stakeholders, experts, communities, and members of the public, including but not limited to researchers and trainees across academia, industry, and government; health care providers and health advocacy organizations; nongovernmental, scientific and professional organizations; and federal agencies.

For any or all of the Strategic Goals stated above, please use the fields below to provide your perspective or expertise on any of the following points:

  • Opportunities for, and challenges facing, progress in neuroscience research and neurological health
  • Emerging scientific or organizational trends, advances, techniques, and perspectives NINDS should account for in this planning process
  • Recommendations for steps, actions, activities, and opportunities that will enable NINDS to make rapid progress toward achieving each goal
  • For recommendations you make, please consider indicating appropriate objective success criteria, including quantitative and qualitative benchmarks and milestones for gauging progress in the corresponding domain
  • Successes, shortcomings, and impacts of existing NINDS policies, practices, partnerships, strategies, or activities
  • Stakeholders and experts NINDS should consult in the process of strategic planning and strategy implementation
  • High-priority objectives that you do not see reflected among the four stated strategic planning goals

Any other topic that you find relevant to the development of the NINDS institute-wide strategic plan The input you provide will be made available to the committees and taskforces charged with carrying out the planning and implementation processes for NINDS.

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