In collaboration with its many stakeholders, the NICHD initiated a process to identify the most promising scientific opportunities of the next decade across the breadth of the Institute's mission. This scientific Vision would set an ambitious agenda and inspires the NICHD, its many partners, and the research community to achieve critical scientific goals and meet pressing public health needs.

NEW Implementing the NICHD Vision: Next Steps (PDF - 1.85 MB) (September 2013) describes discussions and activities related to the Vision that the NICHD has undertaken since the Vision was published in 2012. Scientific Vision: The Next Decade, the result of this collaborative process, proposes worthwhile goals for the NICHD and for the research community at large. The Vision will help inform an Institute-wide strategic planning process, which will commence early in 2013.

To learn more about the NICHD Vision process, select one of the links below:


NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher presented concepts from the draft Vision statement on September 22, 2011, at a meeting of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council. Watch the archived footage online and access his presentation here (PDF - 1.1 MB).

Highlights from NICHD Scientific Vision Meetings

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Last Reviewed: 10/17/2013