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NIH Moves Office of Nutrition Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Office of Nutrition Research will move from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) to the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the NIH Office of the Director. The Office of Nutrition Research was originally created in 2015, as part of NIH’s efforts to strengthen nutrition research.

The move comes as part of the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research. This is the first NIH strategic plan for nutrition research, emphasizing cross-cutting and innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to research training. The plan is organized around a unifying vision of precision nutrition research and includes four strategic goals and five cross-cutting research areas. These opportunities complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition.

Due to the specific interest in nutrition research, NIH decided that the Office would be better suited within the DPCPSI, as it has a statutory mandate to identify emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, and knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis and would benefit from strategic coordination and planning. In December 2020, NIH proposed the transfer through public comment via Federal Register Notice and received overwhelming support from the public and nutrition community.

“I’m pleased to share that this week, NIH has begun the official transfer of ONR to DPCPSI. This reorganization positions ONR to enhance engagement of the NIH Institutes and Centers in implementing the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research to develop new collaborations and relationships focused on nutrition research within and outside NIH, and to ensure coordination of and leadership for nutrition research across the agency,” said Francis S. Collins, Director of NIH in a press release.