NIH Seeks Input on Strategic Plan for New Addictions Institute
February 15, 2012
by Paula Skedsvold
A NIH planning committee is developing a Scientific Strategic Plan for the agency's proposed new Institute, the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders. The new Institute is the result of a 2010 recommendation from the NIH's Scientific Management Review Board to create a new structure that will focus on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research. The goal of the strategic plan is to "identify new scientific opportunities that are not currently supported in the existing NIH research portfolios and public health initiatives on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related disorders."
Creation of the new Institute will dissolve the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and relocate addiction-related research for both (as well as that of other NIH Institutes) within the new structure. Non-addiction research within NIAAA and NIDA would be moved to other NIH Institutes and Centers.
A preliminary list of potential scientific opportunities is included in the Request for Information (RFI). NIH seeks input from addiction research experts and stakeholders, treatment and prevention specialists, investigators, patient advocates, policy specialists, and the general public. Responses to the RFI are due May 11, 2012.