NINR Strategic Plan (2022–2026) – Under Development
NINR is developing its next strategic plan, which will describe our future research goals and objectives and our vision for the field of nursing science in the coming years. The new strategic plan will build on NINR’s past accomplishments and present a bold, new research agenda to advance nursing science.
As we develop the plan over the next year, we are committed to:
- Addressing the whole picture of health, including looking at health equity, social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, live, work, play, and age) and the translation of science into policy and practice.
- Embracing change and new opportunities.
- Focusing on the impact of the research we support.
- Encouraging the nurse scientists of today to serve as role models and mentors to the next generation.
These approaches apply to all areas of nursing science, whether they be longstanding areas of interest such as pain, prevention, and end-of-life care, or new areas we have yet to explore.
Collecting Ideas and Feedback
NINR established a working group of distinguished experts under the auspices of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) to identify strengths, limitations, challenges, and opportunities in nursing science and provide recommendations to help inform the development of the new plan. The working group presented its report at the May 18, 2021 meeting of the NACNR. The report is available on our website here, and an archived recording of the meeting can be found here.
In addition, NINR is collecting input from multiple other sources inside and outside the nursing science community. These include NINR staff, NIH colleagues, and external stakeholder groups. Feedback collected through 2020’s “Tell Us What Nursing Research Means to You” web campaign will also inform the plan.
Most importantly, we want our community to continue to be our partners in developing the new plan. We encourage everyone—investigators, students, organizations, and the public—to continue to give us your feedback and ideas at any time. Thank you to those of you who have already sent us your thoughts, and to everyone, please send us your ideas!
At a Glance
Most of NINR’s research directly involves people: Over 75% of NINR’s funding supports clinical research.
Eliminating Health Disparities
32% of NINR’s funding focuses on research to eliminate health disparities.
Preventing Chronic Conditions
More than one-third of NINR’s budget supports research on preventing chronic conditions – helping people stay healthy and reducing the risk of future illness.
About 16% of NINR funding goes to supporting science to improve the health of women.
Preparing the Next Generation
NINR commits more support to training and career development of new and early career scientists, as a percent of budget, than nearly any other NIH Institute or Center.
Over 75% of applications submitted to NINR focus on topics on which African-American investigators disproportionately apply, the 2nd-highest % at NIH.
Over one-half of NINR prevention projects include a randomized intervention, a much higher proportion than at NIH as a whole.
We’ll use the feedback we receive to develop a draft framework for the new plan, which we’ll post later this year for public comment. We’ll update this page and our social media channels when that framework is posted.
Finally, we will incorporate all of the input we have received throughout the development process into the final strategic plan, which we anticipate publishing in early 2022.