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Planning Process for the NIDDK Strategic Plan

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) ongoing Institute-wide strategic planning process will develop a broad vision for accelerating research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases and conditions under the Institute’s mission. This overarching, 5-year trans-NIDDK Strategic Plan will complement our disease-specific planning efforts.

External input has been integral to the strategic planning process. NIDDK established a Working Group of Council (PDF, 222.8 KB) , comprised of 44 external scientists and patient advocates, including a subset of the members of NIDDK’s Advisory Council and others with expertise in NIDDK’s mission areas. The Institute invited broad external input with a public Request for Information (RFI) in 2020, and received valuable comments from organizations, individual researchers, people living with diseases in NIDDK’s mission, and others. Based on input from the Working Group, the previous RFI, and Council, the Institute  prepared a draft of the Strategic Plan. Following a second RFI in 2021 to solicit feedback on the draft, the Strategic Plan is undergoing revisions and final clearance.

The draft Strategic Plan includes five major sections:

  • Advance understanding of biological pathways and environmental contributors to health and disease.
  • Advance pivotal clinical studies and trials for prevention, treatment, and cures in diverse populations.
  • Advance research to disseminate and implement evidence-based prevention strategies and treatments in clinics and community settings, to improve the health of all people, more rapidly and more effectively.
  • Advance stakeholder engagement — including patients and other participants as true partners in research.
  • Serve as an efficient and effective steward of public resources.

NIDDK is committed to empowering a multidisciplinary research community; engaging diverse stakeholders; and leveraging discoveries of connections among diseases across NIDDK’s mission to improve prevention, treatment, and health equity—pursuing pathways to health for all. This theme is addressed throughout the draft strategic plan.

As NIDDK’s strategic planning process advances, we will update this page.

For questions about NIDDK’s strategic planning, please contact NIDDK’s Office of Scientific Program and Policy Analysis by emailing NIDDKstrategicplan@nih.gov.

Last Reviewed September 2021