NIH releases summary of RFI comments on strategic planning for new institute on addictions

A portfolio analysis of current research, expected to influence baseline funding for the institute, will likely be released next month with a brief public comment period to follow
On Oct. 11, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a summary synthesis of comments (PDF, 451KB) it received in response to a Request for Information (RFI) on strategic planning for the proposed National Institute of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders (NISUAD). NIH received over 500 comments in response to the RFI which were then categorized by research topic, methods and approaches, treatment, prevention and outreach and education. The comment period, which closed in May, was meant to inform the Strategic Plan under development by the NIH Substance, Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Task Force. APA’s original comments in response to the RFI can be viewed online (PDF, 195KB). The Strategic Plan and a separate Portfolio Analysis of Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction research currently funded NIH-wide are expected to be released in November. It is expected that the baseline funding, and likely the distribution of that funding, for NISUAD will be driven by the content of the Portfolio Analysis. The release of both documents will be followed by a brief public comment period that will close in December after which the SUAA Task Force will make final recommendations about the scale and scope of the new institute to NIH Director Francis Collins. The first full public description of the new institute should appear in the President’s FY 2014 budget to be released in February 2013.