Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Time is Now to Weigh in on the Strategic Plan for NIH's New Addiction Research Institute

News on plans for formulating the new NIH addiction research Institute has been scant for a number of months, but Friday's NIH Guide included a Request for Information Notice (NOT-OD-12-045) inviting public comment on strategic planning for the new Institute. The comment period is open from now until May 11, 2012.

The new Institute, tentatively called the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders (NISUAD), will merge the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and will include parts of other Institutes relevant to substance use and addiction disorders.

The plan to reorganize NIH substance use and addiction research was recommended by the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), and discussed in several prior CPDDBLOG posts including here.

The Request for Information is not seeking comments on whether a new Institute should be formed. Rather, it is looking for feedback on 13 areas already identified as strategic priorities that can be better addressed by the reorganized Institute (highlighted in the Request for Information Notice) and seeking new ideas for scientific opportunities and unmet needs in substance abuse research that could be achieved with the new structure.

All responses provided to the comment site will be posted along with responder names.

This is your chance to help shape the new Institute.  If you provide a response to this Request for Information, please consider posting it on CPDDBLOG as well.

CPDDBLOG welcomes CPDD member's thoughts on this issue.