The NINDS has recently completed a strategic planning process that combined an aspirational vision for the future with practical strategies for more effectively pursuing the NINDS mission to reduce the burden of neurological disorders. Over the next five to ten years, the new NINDS strategic plan will serve as a guide to help the Institute meet its challenges to:
- achieve an optimal balance across basic, clinical, translational, and disease-related research in neuroscience
- seize immediate opportunities while also nurturing long-term progress
- encourage research in targeted areas while also allowing for unexpected discoveries
The strategic planning process began with the development of a Blue Sky Vision for the future of neuroscience and the broad goals the NINDS should aim to achieve. In the next phase of the planning effort, the Institute explored how best to focus and prioritize its activities through four strategic planning modules concentrating on basic, clinical, translational, and disease research.