The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting comments on its FY2016-2020 Strategic Plan to Advance Research on the Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM).  Comments may be submitted by email to <sgmhealthresearch@od.nih.gov> and are due by November 2, 2015.

Here are the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan:

Goal 1: Expand the Knowledge Base of SGM Health and Well-being Through NIH-Supported Research.

  • Objective 1: Encourage extramural and intramural investigators to conduct SGM research in priority areas, including those identified in the IOM report and in NIH portfolio analyses.
  • Objective 2: Promote the development and implementation of appropriate measures, methods, and resources to facilitate research relevant to SGM populations.
  • Objective 3: Encourage researchers to incorporate SGM-relevant scientific questions into extramural and intramural projects, programs, and initiatives.

Goal 2: Remove Barriers to Planning, Conducting, and Reporting NIH-Supported Research about SGM Health and Well-being.

  • Objective 1: Establish an NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research office to coordinate and integrate SGM research activities across NIH, collaborate with other Federal agencies, and develop and implement a comprehensive outreach plan to engage SGM health researchers, experts, advocates, and the general public.
  • Objective 2: Develop and implement activities to provide extramural and intramural researchers interested in SGM-relevant research topics with the skill set necessary to compete successfully for NIH funding.
  • Objective 3: Increase expertise in sexual and gender minority health research within and across existing NIH review panels and study sections, as needed.
  • Objective 4: Encourage cultural competency training opportunities on the specific characteristics of SGM-specific research to NIH-funded extramural and intramural clinical research trainees and researchers.

Goal 3: Strengthen the Community of Researchers and Scholars Who Conduct Research Relevant to SGM Health and Well-being.

  • Objective 1: Establish an NIH SGM Health Research Working Group of the NIH Council of Councils, to provide subject matter expertise and strategic perspective for extramural and intramural NIH- funded SGM health research and related efforts.
  • Objective 2: Provide resources for training on and about SGM-relevant research considerations as part of the professional training opportunities and tools for extramural and intramural NIH staff.

Goal 4: Evaluate Progress on Advancing SGM Research.

  1. Objective 1: Monitor and evaluate progress in advancing SGM health research using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  2. Objective 2: In 2018, convene a panel of SGM health research experts to review NIH’s mid-course progress on the Strategic Plan.

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Here is the request for comments published in the Federal Register:

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