The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is pleased to present its Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The fields that NIAMS supports have seen major advances in recent years and are now poised for additional rapid progress. Therefore, the NIAMS Strategic Plan conveys both the tremendous potential of the current research trajectory and the Institute’s aspirational vision for how work over the next five years may lead to meaningful improvements in human health.
Importantly, this plan is not intended to be a rigid roadmap for investigators to follow. While we will continue to invest in various well-defined areas, we will also seek to foster a rich and adaptable research environment that enables scientists to capitalize on opportunities as they arise. By putting structures in place to identify, promote, and support advances that we cannot predict at the present, we hope to stimulate new areas that are unexpected and transformative. Thus, this Plan for the next five years should be viewed not as directions to a defined destination, but rather as a point of departure for exploration to spark unanticipated discoveries.
Robert H. Carter, M.D.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health