Scientific Priorities for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH

OBSSR seeks your help to identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).Specifically, we request your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR. We are specifically interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field. The full Request for Information that supports this crowdsourcing campaign is available here.


The role of OBSSR is to coordinate and promote BSSR research across the NIH and assist NIH Institutes and Centers in developing research and training resources to advance the field. OBSSR supports a broad range of BSSR disease, condition, population, and setting specific priorities across the NIH covering the spectrum from basic to implementation science research.


To provide adequate time to respond to this request for those dealing with Covid-19, the deadline for idea submission, commenting, and voting has been extended to midnight (EST) of April 30, 2020.