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:
- The Office of Administrative Management (OAM) provides administrative management and communications 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.