The federal Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research (ICHNR) has released a five-year nutrition research plan, the National Nutrition Research Roadmap 2016-2021: Advancing Nutrition Research to Improve and Sustain Health. The Roadmap will help coordinate the nutrition research efforts funded by agencies across the federal government, as well as workforce development and training programs in support of nutrition research. The ICHNR is made up of representatives from agencies across the federal government, including the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), among others.
The Roadmap lays out three major nutrition research priorities for federal research efforts, sub-topics within each priority, and where the federal agencies’ interests lie regarding each research question. The three overarching priorities for federal nutrition research are: (1) Understanding and defining eating patterns to improve and sustain health, (2) Helping people choose healthy eating patterns, and (3) Developing and engaging innovative methods and systems to accelerate discoveries in human nutrition.