This plan presents a vision that advances the mission of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and builds on almost three decades of unparalleled success by sleep and circadian researchers. The five strategic goals and tactics demonstrate how the sleep and circadian sciences can advance medicine and promote public health. Additionally, the nine critical opportunities (CO) highlight the potential to broaden the landscape of biomedical sciences in the context of sleep and circadian research.


Strategic Goals and Tactics to Achieve Them

The strategic goals are long-term objectives that, if reached, have the potential to change the landscape of sleep and circadian research. They set research priorities and benchmarks that will improve our scientific knowledge, transform health care, and advance public health and safety and the well-being of the nation.

 

Critical Opportunities

The nine critical opportunities are timely and actionable research directions with the potential to significantly impact sleep, circadian, and biomedical sciences across the translational spectrum.

  • Executive Letters

    Vision and insights from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, and Dr. Marishka Brown, Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.

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Executive Summary

A brief history of the NIH Sleep Research Plan, milestones in sleep and circadian research, and the 2021 NIH Sleep Research Plan strategic goals and critical opportunities.

NCSDR's Overarching Mission

To promote sleep and circadian scientific advances with high translational value to improve our scientific knowledge, transform health care, and advance public health and safety and the well-being of the nation.