Strategic Plan

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) Strategic Plan

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As our Office worked on the second Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) Strategic Plan in mid-2020, the world was experiencing a global pandemic unmatched in scope and scale for 100 years. This pandemic resulted in a renewed appreciation for the importance of research infrastructure. The speed with which COVID-19 spread around the world meant that we had to fight the virus with our existing research infrastructure, while working to enhance that infrastructure to meet future challenges.

ORIP is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director (OD), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), which identifies scientific research gaps and emerging opportunities, as well as arising public health challenges. The trans-NIH nature of ORIP activities demands close collaboration among ORIP divisions (Division of Comparative Medicine and Division of Construction and Instruments), DPCPSI, and the entire NIH to optimize infrastructure support of studies for a wide range of diseases across the basic, translational, and clinical research continuum. ORIP collaborates with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) to develop and maintain infrastructure that strengthens their existing programs, advances areas of emerging science, and underpins new initiatives. In partnership with the ICOs, ORIP creates and maintains a variety of resources to advance biomedical research, ranging from animal models and biomaterials, to scientific instruments and equipment, to human expertise. In addition to its many collaborations across the NIH, ORIP strives to form creative collaborations with other federal and nongovernmental entities that have a stake in advancing research infrastructure and resources.

In support of the NIH mission, the ORIP 2021–2025 Strategic Plan provides a framework for strengthening research infrastructure and adapting it to today’s scientific challenges and opportunities. ORIP invests in a diversity of animal models and will promote the comparative study of a wide range of biological models to better understand and improve their value in translational research. ORIP enables construction and maintenance of animal research facilities, including biocontainment facilities, in support of studies using animal models. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the limited capacity of Animal Biosafety Level 3 and 4 facilities, and future efforts will be made to ameliorate this situation. Furthermore, ORIP invests in cutting-edge instrumentation and other technologies and the improvement of resource facilities and their workforces to ensure the highest integrity and productivity of operations.

ORIP recognizes that enhanced resource infrastructure must be accompanied by increased awareness of and access to that infrastructure. This Strategic Plan incorporates new concepts for making research resources broadly and readily available to the scientific community and for tracking the applications of those resources to research activities. Similarly, the Strategic Plan places emphasis on the development of workshops and conferences to promote the sharing of information and ideas, as well as to fuel transdisciplinary research.

The ORIP 2021–2025 Strategic Plan research infrastructure high-priority thematic areas are

  1. Animal Models to Advance the Study of Human Disease
  2. Innovative Instruments and Equipment to Accelerate Research Discoveries
  3. Specialized Research Training in Animal Models and Related Resources
  4. Awareness of ORIP Resources and Programs

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