On October 28, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a request for information (RFI) to gather public input on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research released in July (see previous COSSA coverage for more details). As the coronavirus pandemic persists, NIH acknowledges that the framework in the Strategic Plan should be updated periodically to meet the needs of the research community in addressing the pandemic. NIH is seeking comments related to the following topics:
- Significant research gaps or barriers not currently identified in the Strategic Plan;
- Resources required or lacking that could advance the priorities in the Strategic Plan, or ways to leverage existing resources;
- Emerging scientific advances in COVID-19 treatment or vaccine research; and
- Additional ideas for research initiatives that could advance the response to COVID-19.
Responses to the RFI will be accepted through December 7, 2020. More information is available on the NIH website.