The NIH formally established the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) within the Office of the Director (OD) as part of implementing the requirements of the NIH Reform Act of 2006. Activities directed by DPCPSI include:
- Identifying emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research
- Developing and applying resources (databases, analytic tools, and methodologies) and producing specifications for new resources in support of portfolio analyses and priority setting in scientific areas across NIH
- Assisting the NIH to address areas of emerging scientific opportunities and public health challenges effectively
- Planning, supporting, and providing technical assistance in the development of program evaluations comprising:
- NIH-wide program and project evaluations
- Planning and reporting required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and other government-wide performance efforts.
- The Office of Administrative Management (OAM) provides administrative management and support to DPCPSI offices.
The Division also coordinates research and activities related to research on AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, research infrastructure, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, data science, and nutrition. DPCPSI incorporates all of the functions of the former Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives (OPASI) and the OD Program Offices, in the Office of Strategic Coordination which supports cross-cutting, trans-NIH programs that require participation by at least two NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination.
This page last reviewed on March 23, 2023
- Office of AIDS Research (OAR) – setting scientific priorities in the global fight against AIDS
- Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) – enhancing the impact and integration of health-related behavioral and social sciences research supported by the NIH
- Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) - harnessing the potential of the computational and quantitative sciences to elevate the impact and efficiency of biomedical research
- Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) - coordinating research and establishing standardized resources on dietary supplements, including their uses, benefits and risks to public health
- Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) – fostering prevention and health promotion research
- Office of Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting (OEPR) - providing leadership and coordination of NIH efforts to better capture, communicate, and enhance the value of biomedical research through strategic planning, performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
- Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) – advancing nutrition science to promote health and reduce the burden of diet-related diseases
- Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) - supporting portfolio analyses across the NIH, enabling decision makers and administrator to evaluate and prioritize current and emerging areas of research
- Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) - supporting research infrastructure and related research programs, and coordinating NIH’s science education efforts
- Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) – enhancing research related to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women
- Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC) – encompassing the NIH Common Fund programs and is designed to provide strategic and nimble approaches to address key roadblocks that impede biomedical research
- Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) - coordinating sexual and gender minority-related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices
- Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) - coordinating tribal health-related research and activities across the NIH, and ensuring meaningful input from collaboration with the tribal Nations on NIH programs and policies
- Office of Administrative Management (OAM) - providing administrative leadership, strategic business solutions, and support to DPCPSI offices