Commentaries by Dr. Bill Riley: OBSSR’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

Commentaries by Dr. Bill Riley: OBSSR’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

 
 
 
 

Basic and applied behavioural and social sciences at the NIH

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) recently released its Strategic Plan, emphasizing among its scientific priorities improvement of the synergy between basic and applied behavioural and social sciences research3. OBSSR is committed to coordinating NIH support for bBSSR with potential relevance to health. In the 2016 fiscal year, the NIH supported 1,035 new bBSSR grant awards, totalling over US$365 million. These grant awards were supported, to varying degrees, by all the NIH institutes and centres and addressed a wide array of basic research including, the impact of immigration on the health of the elderly, the roles of intelligence and personality on the relationship between socioeconomic gradients and mortality, neurobiological processes of delay discounting, and behavioural and neural links between speech delay and literacy.

To advance bBSSR, OBSSR seeks to integrate basic research efforts, not only across NIH institutes and centres, but also among the range of biological, behavioural and social disciplines that contribute to bBSSR.

Read Full Article at Nature.


Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Institutes of Health: Methods, Measures, and Data Infrastructures as a Scientific Priority

The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) recently released its strategic plan for 2017-2021. This plan focuses on three equally important strategic priorities: 1) improve the synergy of basic and applied behavioral and social sciences research, 2) enhance and promote the research infrastructure, methods, and measures needed to support a more cumulative and integrated approach to behavioral and social sciences research, and 3) facilitate the adoption of behavioral and social sciences research findings in health research and in practice. This commentary focuses on scientific priority two and future directions in measurement science, technology, data infrastructure, behavioral ontologies, and big data methods and analytics that have the potential to transform the behavioral and social sciences into more cumulative, data rich sciences that more efficiently build on prior research.

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Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Institutes of Health: adoption of research findings in health research and practice as a scientific priority

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) recently released its Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2021. This plan highlights three scientific priorities: (1) improve the synergy of basic and applied behavioral and social sciences research, (2) enhance and promote the research infrastructure, methods, and measures needed to support a more cumulative and integrated approach to behavioral and social sciences research, and (3) facilitate the adoption of behavioral and social sciences research findings in health research and in practice. This commentary focuses on the challenges and opportunities to facilitate the adoption of research findings in health research and in practice.

Read Full Article at Translational Behavioral Medicine.

 

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