Heart, Lung and Blood Institute asks for public input on strategic goals

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is engaged in a Strategic Visioning Exercise.  When an NIH institute is rewriting its strategic plan and asking for input, psychologists who are funded by or hope to be funded by that institute are well advised to focus on that request.  This is a great opportunity!

NHLBI is calling for public input on its four strategic goals by May 15, and is asking for input in a specific format.  The institute asks that commenters phrase their ideas in the form of a Compelling Question or Critical Challenge on its visioning website.

The draft goals are broad:

  1.  Promote Human Health—expand knowledge of the molecular and physiological mechanisms and other key determinants of normal biology and physiology at all levels, spanning the molecular, cellular, individual and population levels, encompassing basic, preclinical and clinical research.
  2. Reduce Human Disease—extend our knowledge of the pathobiology of heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders and enable clinical investigations that advance the prediction, prevention, pre-emption, treatment and cures of human disease.
  3. Advance Translational Research—to facilitate innovation and accelerate research translation, knowledge dissemination, and implementation science that advances public health.
  4. Develop Workforce and Resources—to enable and develop a diverse biomedical workforce equipped with the essential research resources to pursue emerging opportunities in science.

On the website you can see the comments that have already been made and ‘upvote’ or ‘downvote’ them.  Here are some examples of comments:

To submit a comment you’ll need to first register as a commenter and when preparing a comment, you’ll need to provide the following;

  • Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)?
  • Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC
  • Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC

We at the American Psychological Association encourage psychological scientists to send NHLBI some good ideas. Please comment on the site and encourage your colleagues to do the same. 

If you will go further and share your comments with Pat Kobor of the Science Government Relations Office, your concerns can inform APA’s comments.  Clearly the sooner comments are made, the more time the comments will have to gather votes!