The NIMH recently released an update for its Strategic Research Priorities, which guide grantees, potential grant applicants and staff on the design and implementation of future research.
According to an accompanying press release, updates are intended to ensure the NIMH’s priorities advance research among the four Strategic Objectives established in the institution’s 2015 Strategic Plan for Research, stay abreast with current science, address research gaps, and promote scientific discovery and service delivery.
The research priorities continue to highlight the importance of approaches that are rigorous and reproducible, include sex as a biological variable, prioritize prevention through early intervention, minimize mental health disparities and take a global perspective on mental health.
The updated priorities encourage researchers to use computational methods that could reveal novel explanations of relationships within data from complex dataset.
The NIMH expects new tools discovered via the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative will advance the understanding of mental illness development, maintenance and recovery.