Newly released, the first NIH-wide strategic plan for nutrition research emphasizes cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to research training. This ambitious plan is the first of its kind that sets out to develop targeted and effective diet interventions in a diverse population.
The strategic plan is organized around four strategic goals that answer key questions in nutrition research:
- Spur discovery and innovation through foundational research: What do we eat and how does it affect us?
- Investigate the role of dietary patterns and behaviors for optimal health: What and when should we eat?
- Define the role of nutrition across the lifespan: How does what we eat promote health across our lifespan?
- Reduce the burden of disease in clinical settings: How can we improve the use of food as medicine?
The plan has five cross-cutting areas relevant to all these strategic goals, including minority health and health disparities; health of women; rigor and reproducibility; data science, systems science, and artificial intelligence; and training the nutrition scientific workforce.
The plan was developed by the NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) with extensive input from the broader external research community and the public.