Strategic Plans

NINDS Strategic Plan 


NINDS-wide strategic planning guides activities supported and conducted across the Institute, including neuroscience research, training, workforce diversity, communications, and workforce culture.

Read more about the 2021-2026 NINDS Strategic Plan

Other NINDS Plans


Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias

As part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, NINDS organizes summits to define priorities for research on Alzheimer's disease-related dementias, including frontotemporal, Lewy body, mixed, and vascular dementias.

Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Summits

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

In 2023, NINDS established a new ALS strategic plan for research that will lead to the discovery of effective interventions for the diagnosis, treatment, management, prevention, or cure of ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research



Cerebral Palsy

The 2017 NINDS/NICHD Strategic Plan for Cerebral Palsy Research presents recommendations for advancing research on cerebral palsy over the next 5-10 years. 

NINDS/NICHD Strategic Plan for Cerebral Palsy Research



The NINDS Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research reflect priorities for research toward meaningful advances in understanding and treating the epilepsies.  

Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research

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Advancing Health Equity in Neuroscience

NINDS Health Equity Strategic Plan to guide research investments and provide actionable recommendations to address health disparities and promote health equity in neurological disorders over the next 5 -10 years. 

Health Equity Strategic Plan High-Level Recommendations and Guide


Muscular Dystrophy

The Action Plan for the Muscular Dystrophies outlines priorities for improving treatments and reducing disease burden for all forms of muscular dystrophy.  This plan was developed by the Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee. 

Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee Action Plan for the Muscular Dystrophies


Parkinson’s Disease

NINDS coordinates strategic planning to help prioritize needs and opportunities for research on Parkinson’s disease.  

Parkinson’s Disease Research Planning



NINDS strategic planning for stroke research helps to set priorities for research on stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. 

Stroke Research Planning


Tuberous Sclerosis

NINDS has worked with other NIH Institutes, the Department of Defense TSC Research Program, patient organizations, and researchers to identify priorities for research on tuberous sclerosis complex. 

Advances and Future Directions for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research


Workforce Diversity

In 2010, a working group of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council reviewed NINDS investments and opportunities toward increasing diversity in the research workforce. 

Achieving a Diverse Neuroscience Workforce