June 24, 2019
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Photo of Dr. CarterI am pleased to let you know that the draft NIAMS Strategic Plan is now available. Our goal for the strategic plan is to be forward looking and aspirational for our research communities. I want to thank everyone involved in this endeavor and especially the NIAMS Advisory Council and its Strategic Plan working group.

Every five years since 2006, NIAMS has released successive Long-Range Plans to help guide the research the Institute supports. Based on public comments received from a previous Request for Information (RFI, NOT-AR-19-009 issued in September 2018), input through listening sessions with the community, and feedback from the NIAMS Advisory Council and its Working Group for the Strategic Plan, NIAMS has drafted a Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024, which is expected to be released this fall.

We have issued a second RFI to seek input on this draft from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. This RFI is open through July 12, 2019.

Please take a moment to review our current draft of the Strategic Plan. I encourage your feedback and comments. Responses may be submitted via an online form by July 12, 2019.

Robert H. Carter, M.D.
Acting Director
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health

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