U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIH Nutrition Research Task Force

The National Institutes of Health Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) was established in October 2016 to coordinate and accelerate progress in nutrition research across the NIH.  Dr. Christopher Lynch, director of NIDDK’s Office of Nutrition Research, serves as the task force executive secretary.

Developing the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan on Nutrition Research

NRTF is guiding the development of the first NIH-wide 10-year strategic plan for nutrition research. The strategic plan will emphasize cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training. These opportunities will complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and to prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition.

Accelerating Nutrition Research

NRTF will emphasize cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to accelerate nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training. These opportunities will complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH on diseases and conditions affected by nutrition. The graph below shows estimated NIH nutrition research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

Estimated NIH Nutrition Research Funding, FY 2016

A complex bar graph with Nutrition Research Awards (in millions of dollars) on the Y-axis and NIH Institutes and Centers on the X-axis.  NIDDK recieves the most money, with NHLBI and NCI coming in second and third respectively.

Plan Implementation

NRTF will appoint a senior leadership group to guide implementation of the plan once it is complete.

NRTF Members

The Task Force is chaired by Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Co-chairs are Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute; and Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Participants on the Task Force represent these and other institutes within NIH.

NRTF Timeline

Proposed NRTF Strategic Planning Timeline

Update on NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) Strategic Planning Activities

  • The NRTF invited biomedical researchers and health professionals, patients, patient advocates, and other members of the public to provide input on critical gaps or opportunities in nutrition that could be addressed by research funded by the NIH. The deadline for providing input was April 28, 2017.  This input will be one of the sources that the NRTF will review as they work to draft the Nutrition Research Strategic Plan over the coming months.  The NRTF thanks all of the individuals and organizations who took the time to provide their suggestions.
  • The first meeting of the Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) will take place in Bethesda, MD on June 12th, 2017. It is open to NIH staff. Two external speakers will discuss opportunities and gaps in nutrition research and the importance of nutrition research for health and disease. The speakers are:
    • Dennis Bier, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Nutrition, and director of the Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
  • The Nutrition Research Thought Leaders Panel will meet on June 19-20th, 2017. The panel will provide input to the NRTF on prioritizing research gaps and opportunities. Panel members include:
Lindsay H. Allen, PhD Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD Karen E. Peterson, DSc
USDA ARS and U.C. Davis U. Maryland U. Michigan
David B. Allison, PhD David M. Klurfeld, Ph.D. Ross L. Prentice, PhD
U. Alabama, Birmingham USDA ARS Fred Hutchinson Cancer Ctr.
Cheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS Nancy F. Krebs, MD, MS W. Sue Ritter, PhD
U.C., San Diego U. Colorado Washington State U
Rozalyn M. Anderson, PhD Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA A. Catharine Ross, PhD
U. Wisconsin Johns Hopkins U. Pennsylvania State U.
David J. Baer, PhD Danny Manor, PhD Cary R. Savage, PhD
USDA ARS Case Western Reserve U. Banner Alzheimer's Inst.
Teresa A. Davis, PhD Nilesh Mehta, MD Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN
Baylor U. Harvard U. Academy Nutr. & Dietetics
Michael K. Georgieff, MD Julie Mennella, Ph.D., MS, MS Patrick J. Stover, PhD – Chair
U. Minnesota Monell Chemical Senses Ctr. Cornell U.
Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD Simin N. Meydani, D.V.M., PhD Linda V Van Horn, PhD, RD
U. North Carolina Tufts U. Northwestern U.
James R. Hébert, ScD Christopher B. Newgard, PhD Gary D. Wu, MD
U. South Carolina Duke U. U. Penn
Frank Hu, M.D., PhD, MPH Diane M. O'Brien, Ph.D. Thomas R. Ziegler, MD
Harvard U. U. Alaska Emory U.