Congress created the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to "coordinate research conducted by the agencies of the National Institutes of Health" as it pertains to "research on the relationship between human behavior and the development, treatment, and prevention of medical conditions."
The OBSSR recently released its draft strategic plan for the next five years (see attached) and is welcoming input. Aas part of the strategic plan, OBSSR was planninag to promote, in part, basic behavioral and social sciences research (bBSSR) in which a line could be drawn (at least theoretically) to health outcomes. The idea is that the research would be more relevant and appealing to NIH Institutes and Centers. In the draft strategic plan, you will see this embedded within Priority 1. OBSSR is hoping more bBSSR research will get funded if this link is made clear.
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