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OBSSR Issues RFI for Strategic Plan

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking input on scientific priorities and cross-cutting themes for its Strategic Plan 2023-2028. OBSSR’s mission is to enhance the impact of health-related behavioral and social sciences research; coordinate BSSR conducted or supported by NIH and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise; and communicate health-related BSSR findings to various collaborators within and outside the federal government. 

Proposed scientific priorities and themes for the plan include:

Three scientific priorities

  • Improve synergy between basic BSSR and research testing approaches to improve health outcomes 

  • Enhance and promote research measures, methods and infrastructure needed to support an integrated and more cumulative approach to BSSR 

  • Accelerate sustained adoption of BSSR findings in practice 

Four cross-cutting themes

  • Integration of BSSR across NIH research
  • Science of science
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Training and capacity-building

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