Partnerships & Collaborations

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) offers guidance about prevention-related research priorities and helps coordinate prevention research projects, workshops, and conferences across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with other public and private organizations. Below is a list of our major partnerships and collaborations.

Your Feedback: Collaborating To Advance Prevention Research

The ODP is pleased to share the analysis of public comments we received in response to our Request for Information: Stakeholder Input on Opportunities for Increased Collaboration to Advance Prevention Research. Thank you to everyone who responded for your thoughtful comments. The ODP welcomes continued dialogue with our stakeholders to discuss the topics identified in this report and to further enhance collaboration and engagement. We can be reached at  

Collaborations at the NIH

NIH Prevention Research Coordinating Committee (PRCC)
The PRCC provides a broad perspective on the current state-of-the-science and disseminates information about prevention-related activities to NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). This committee also plans and implements collaborative activities across the NIH and advises the ODP Director regarding scientific, programmatic, and policy issues. The PRCC is coordinated by the ODP.

Prevention Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs)
Coordinated by the ODP, the Prevention SIGs develop collaborative research initiatives to address unmet prevention research needs. They focus on areas where there are no existing collaborative trans-NIH or federal groups.

Tobacco and Nicotine Research Interest Group (TANRIG)
The goal of TANRIG is to increase collaboration, coordination, and communication of tobacco- and nicotine-related research across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An ODP staff member serves as the co-chair of the group, and several members of the ODP provide input on TANRIG activities.

Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshops
The ODP sponsors the P2P workshops. These workshops identify research gaps and methodological and scientific weaknesses in a selected scientific area, suggest research needs, and move the field forward through an unbiased, evidence‐based assessment. We partner with NIH ICs that have identified a research need and serve as an organizational liaison between the ICs and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to get a systematic evidence review that's used as the basis of the workshop.

Federal Partnerships

Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
The CPSTF is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provide evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventive services, programs, and policies to improve health. Task Force members are appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ODP is an official liaison member and works to make sure that CPSTF recommendations represent the views, concerns, and needs of the NIH and our constituents. ODP staff also serve on, or recommend NIH scientists to serve on, systematic review teams, and help translate CPSTF recommendations into action.

Healthy People
Lead by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. The ODP provides advice on Healthy People activities, and our staff serves on the Federal Interagency Workgroup, the principal advisory body for the development of the Healthy People initiative.

PhenX Tobacco Working Group
The PhenX toolkit is a collection of measures for phenotypes and exposures, which includes standardized measures related to tobacco regulatory research. ODP staff led the effort to identify these measures through a consensus-based process with feedback from the scientific community.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Coordinated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications. The ODP provides scientific input on draft research plans, draft evidence reviews, and clinical practice guidelines. We also disseminate information about high-priority evidence gaps for clinical preventive services identified by the USPSTF.

Public/Private Collaborations

National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health
The Roundtable brings together government, academia, industry, patients, and other stakeholder groups to discuss the translation of genomics and genetics research findings into medicine, public health, education, and policy. ODP staff members serve on the Roundtable and provide input for global issues that help enable the translation of genomics into health care applications.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)
NCCOR’s mission is to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America. An ODP staff member sits on the NCCOR steering committee, and several of our staff provide guidance and input on NCCOR’s strategic plans and activities.

Last updated on October 2, 2020