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Strategic Plans

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 deafness and other communication disorders. 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 2017–2021 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 deafness or other communication disorders.

  • NIDCD Strategic Plan 2017–2021 (or download PDF version)
  • The NIDCD is in the process of finalizing our strategic plan for 2023-2027. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the draft NIDCD Strategic Plan themes and goals during the public comment period. The NIDCD appreciates the valuable input we received from our stakeholders as we finalize the plan.

NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan

The NIDCD helped develop and is supporting the efforts described in the NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan.

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