NIDCD seeks input on strategic plan

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has begun the process of updating its strategic plan. NIDCD, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports basic and clinical research in hearing, speech, and language, as well as balance, smell, and taste. The new strategic plan will guide its research funding priorities for the years 2012-2016.

NIDCD is seeking responses to the following questions from the scientific community: 

  1. What are the most significant scientific discoveries in the communication sciences that have occurred in the past decade? 

  2. What are the gaps in current research and training in the communication sciences? 

  3. What pressing needs of individuals with communication disorders can be helped with additional research?

  4. What are the greatest challenges or barriers to progress in the communication sciences?

Comments may be submitted through the NIDCD Strategic Plan webpage.  The deadline for responses is November 5, 2010.