Long-Range Plan

September 8, 2014

Message from the Director on the Long-Range Plan

NIAMS is pleased to announce the release of its new Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Long-Range Plan. Our goal was to provide a document that would help propel research progress by informing the Institute’s priority setting process, while enabling NIAMS to adapt to the rapidly changing biomedical and behavioral science landscapes.

While the plan highlights a variety of research needs and opportunities, the Institute’s dedication to supporting investigator-initiated research will remain one of our highest priorities. Scientific ideas created and presented by the extramural community are vital to the advancement of biomedical research and improved public health.

Although it was not possible to include references to every disease or condition within our broad mission, the Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Long-Range Plan covers numerous research areas, including:

Five tissue- and disease-specific areas

  • Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Skin biology and diseases
  • Bone biology and diseases
  • Muscle biology and diseases
  • Musculoskeletal biology and diseases

Four cross-cutting areas

  • Health disparities
  • Training and career development
  • Information dissemination and outreach
  • Trans-NIH research collaborations

We extend our gratitude to those who contributed to the plan. We received extensive input throughout the development process from members of both the scientific and lay communities concerned with programs of the NIAMS. We now encourage you to share the plan with your colleagues to facilitate the dissemination of this valuable resource.

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIAMS