Identify Research Gaps

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Strategic Priority 2

Strategic Priority II

Identify prevention research areas for investment or expanded effort by the NIH.


The ODP assists NIH ICs by identifying prevention research needs and gaps. In this process, the ODP makes use of a variety of prevention research data sources, including NIH portfolio analysis and reports from other federal agencies and task forces. Regular engagement with stakeholders such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF), the Healthy People program, and the extramural prevention research community also informs the identification of prevention research areas for investment or expanded effort by the NIH. In addition, the ODP works closely with NIH colleagues to promote a prevention research agenda that examines a variety of issues, including disease burden, population trends, health disparities and social determinants of health, and environmental factors in disease prevention, and it seeks to improve health across the life course.

Objectives for FY 2019–2023

  1. Work with a variety of stakeholders to identify needs in prevention research.
  2. Compare identified needs in prevention research with the current NIH portfolio to identify prevention research gaps (i.e., those areas that are not being addressed or have insufficient funding).
  3. Work with NIH ICs and other stakeholders to identify prevention research gaps that warrant greater investment or expanded effort.
Last updated on June 10, 2021