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Strategic Plans

Draft 2017–2021 NIDCD Strategic Plan

Public Comment Period (CLOSED)

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) presented a draft of 2017-2021 NIDCD Strategic Plan for public comment from September 1 – September 30, 2016. The comment period is now closed. The NIDCD is in the process of considering the comments and anticipates that the finalized plan will be published on the NIDCD website in January 2017. If you’d like to be notified when we release the final plan, follow us on Twitter or sign up for our news updates.

The NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training in the areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The Strategic Plan serves as a guide to the NIDCD in prioritizing its research investment, illustrates the current state-of-the-science, and highlights recent advances in the communication sciences. The Plan presents a series of goals and objectives that represent the most promising research needs within the NIDCD’s mission areas.

The NIDCD Strategic Plan

The 2012–2016 Strategic Plan is designed to help the NIDCD prioritize its research funding by identifying areas of outstanding promise, as well as identifying knowledge gaps. By funding research in these areas, NIDCD aims to improve the quality of life for people with communication disorders.

The NIDCD Strategic Plan on Reducing Health Disparities

The Director, NIH, has requested that each Institute and Center at NIH develop a Strategic Plan for Reducing Health Disparities. Human communication disorders cross all social and ethnic groups.

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Last Updated Date: 
October 3, 2016