Reorganization of NIH Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction research delayed

NIH Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak provided an update to the NIAAA Advisory Council on the proposed timeline for the reorganization
On June 9, NIH Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak provided an update to the NIAAA Advisory Council on the proposed timeline for the reorganization of Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction research at NIH. Dr. Tabak told the group (and other affected NIH institute advisory committees who had been invited to teleconference for the presentation) that the timeline for releasing a draft portfolio integration plan had been extended to October/November 2012. A parallel process will be designed to provide greater opportunity for stakeholder input in a strategic plan for the reorganized entity (distinct from the portfolio integration planning), with the intent that a strategic plan will be released at the same time as a portfolio integration plan in the fall of 2012. The reorganized entity would then be implemented a year later in the fall of 2013 to coincide with the beginning of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget cycle. The slide presentation (PDF, 364KB) Dr. Tabak used is available and a transcript (PDF, 145KB) of his presentation and the question and answer period that followed. APA, along with our sister scientific organizations, have asked repeatedly for greater involvement in the deliberations of the reorganization and will look for every opportunity to contribute as the strategic planning process continues to unfold.  Additional information will be posted by NIH on the NIH Feedback website.