The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is developing its 2017–2021 Strategic Plan, and invites all to review the draft plan and provide input using its web-based form by September 30, 2016.

NIDCD-Logo-Email-2012-2NIDCD welcomes comments from individuals as well as from organizations. Members of organizations (eg, patient advocacy groups, professional societies, etc) who wish to comment on the organization’s behalf, can submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization or membership as a whole.

The goals in the draft 2017–2021 NIDCD Strategic Plan are based on an assessment of research areas that present the greatest scientific opportunities and that address the greatest public health needs over the next five years in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The 2017–2021 NIDCD Strategic Plan will be a guide for:

  • Scientists: To better understand the directions that NIDCD research may take in the future.
  • The NIDCD: To assist in identifying and supporting high priority research.
  • The Public: To understand the state of communication sciences and to discover the scientific breakthroughs that are possible with sustained investments in biomedical research.

Everyone’s input is vital to ensuring that the 2017–2021 NIDCD Strategic Plan provides an optimal framework for fulfilling our mission to improve the health and quality of life of people with communication disorders. The NIDCD announced that it appreciates everyone’s time and consideration in assisting with this important effort.

Source: NIH, NIDCD

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