The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) was created by Congress in 1993 and is responsible for coordinating the health-relevant behavioral and social sciences and identifying challenges and opportunities to advance these sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


To learn more about our commitment to enhancing, coordinating, and communicating health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR), visit our Mission and History and Strategic Plan sections, and the NIH Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on the OBSSR website.