[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 73 (Monday, April 17, 2023)]
[Pages 23447-23448]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-08044]



National Institutes of Health

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Feedback on the NIH 
Office of Disease Prevention Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2024-2028

AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the 
Director, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is requesting public 
comment on its draft strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2024-2028 (FY24-
28), Prevention Research: Creating a Healthier Future for All. ODP 
invites feedback on its proposed priorities from prevention researchers 
in academia and industry, health care providers, patient advocacy 
organizations, community-based organizations, health service 
organizations, scientific or professional organizations, trainees and 
early-stage investigators, federal agencies, those employed by NIH or 
at institutions receiving NIH support, and the general public. 
Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that 
reflects the views of the organization and membership as a whole.

DATES: ODP's RFI is open for public comment through May 22, 2023. 
Responses must be received by 11:59

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p.m. ET on May 22, 2023, to ensure consideration.

ADDRESSES: All comments must be submitted electronically on the 
submission website available at https://rfi.grants.nih.gov/?s=63d9edb46e8d6ea804099132.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct all inquiries to Wilma 
Peterman Cross; ODP, NIH; Phone: 301-827-5561; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is in accordance with the 21st 
Century Cures Act, wherein NIH institutes are required to regularly 
update their strategic plans. ODP was established in the NIH Office of 
the Director in 1986. In accordance with 42 U.S.C. 282(f) of the Public 
Health Service Act, as amended, the mission of ODP is to improve public 
health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of 
prevention research supported by NIH. ODP fulfills this mission by 
providing leadership for the development, coordination, and 
implementation of prevention research in collaboration with NIH 
Institutes, Centers, and Offices, and other partners. The office has 
made considerable progress (https://prevention.nih.gov/about-odp/strategic-plan/spotlight-progress) on the priorities identified in our 
strategic plan for FY19-23 (https://prevention.nih.gov/about-odp/strategic-plan-2019-2023), and ODP remains committed to playing an 
integral role in enhancing prevention-related activities across NIH as 
well as serving as a partner with its federal colleagues.
    Input received from this RFI will inform the development of the 
final ODP FY24-28 Strategic Plan, Prevention Research: Creating a 
Healthier Future for All, which will outline activities coordinated by 
the office to assess, facilitate, and stimulate research in disease 
prevention, and disseminate the results of this research to improve 
public health.
    The definition of prevention research that ODP uses to guide its 
work and decision-making covers research designed to identify and 
assess risk, and to develop and test interventions to prevent or reduce 
harmful behaviors and exposures, disease onset, or disease progression. 
Prevention research spans all diseases and conditions, populations, and 
phases of life.
    Specifically, ODP focuses on primary and secondary prevention 
research in humans.
     Primary prevention research includes research designed to 
promote health; identify risk factors for developing a new health 
condition (e.g., disease, disorder, injury); and prevent the onset of a 
new health condition.
     Secondary prevention research includes research designed 
to identify risk factors for the progression or recurrence of a health 
condition, and to detect and prevent progression of an asymptomatic or 
early-stage condition.
    Prevention research targets biology, behaviors, factors in the 
social and physical environments, and health services. It also informs 
and evaluates health-related policies and regulations. Examples of 
prevention research include studies that:

 Identify and assess risk and protective factors
 Screen and identify individuals and groups at risk
 Develop and evaluate interventions to reduce risk
 Translate, implement, and disseminate effective preventive 
interventions into practice
 Develop methods to support prevention research

    ODP's strategic priorities are intentionally not specific to any 
given disease because prevention research is relevant to all health 
conditions and to promoting health in everyone; NIH's Institutes and 
Centers serve as the best place for disease-specific or condition-
specific research. As a coordinating office in the Division of Program 
Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the NIH Office 
of the Director, ODP is best positioned to identify important research 
gaps, fostering collaborations across NIH and with federal partners, 
and promoting rigorous research practices.

Request for Information

    ODP is seeking feedback on these draft strategic priorities:
    1. Systematically monitor NIH investments in prevention research 
and the progress and results of that research.
    2. Identify prevention research areas for investment or expanded 
effort by NIH.
    3. Promote the use of the best available methods in prevention 
research and support the development of better methods.
    4. Promote collaborative prevention research projects and 
facilitate coordination of such projects across NIH and with other 
public and private entities.
    5. Advance tobacco regulatory and prevention science.
    6. Promote and coordinate prevention research that addresses health 
    7. Improve the availability and visibility of information about 
prevention research, inform diverse audiences about the scope and 
impact of disease prevention research, and engage with ODP's partners 
to enhance and support ODP's mission.
    ODP is also seeking feedback on areas where targeted efforts by ODP 
could help accelerate prevention research.

How To Submit a Response

    All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically on the 
RFI submission website at https://rfi.grants.nih.gov/?s=63d9edb46e8d6ea804099132.
    Responses must be received by May 22, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You 
will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your 
    Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted 
anonymously. You may voluntarily include your name and contact 
information with your response. If you choose to provide NIH with this 
information, NIH will not share your name and contact information 
outside of NIH unless required by law.
    Other than your name and contact information, please do not include 
any personally identifiable information or any information that you do 
not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or 
sensitive information should not be included in your response. The 
government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI 
at its discretion. Other than your name and contact information, the 
government reserves the right to use any submitted information on 
public websites; in reports; in summaries of the state of the science; 
in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative 
agreement(s); or in the development of future funding opportunities.
    This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not 
a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the 
government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to 
it. Please note that the government will not pay for the preparation of 
any information submitted or for use of that information.

    Dated: April 10, 2023.
Tara A. Schwetz,
Acting Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-08044 Filed 4-14-23; 8:45 am]