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Strategic Plan

COSWD Strategic Plan

The COSWD Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022-2026 is under development and will be available in March 2022. The new strategic plan was developed to advance the COSWD’s mission over the next five years—to be the NIH thought leader in the science of scientific workforce diversity, using evidence-based approaches to catalyze cultures of excellence—and supports the mission of the NIH. The plan articulates how the COSWD Office will achieve its mission through three strategic goals, which include 1) build 2) disseminate and 3) act on the evidence to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the scientific workforce.

We are currently inviting comments on the Draft 2022-2026 COSWD Strategic Plan through a Request for Information (RFI). See details for submitting comments in the RFI section below.

Additionally, an RFI on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) will also be released in the near future. You are encouraged to respond to both.

Plan Development

Insights from NIH staff and working groups and the biomedical research community helped inform the Draft 2022-2026 COSWD Strategic Plan (Draft COSWD Strategic Plan). Development of the strategic plan is following a structured five step process:

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1. Pre-Plan. Pre-planning helped the COSWD establish planning goals, process design, and timeline; select relevant input sources; and determine data collection and analysis plans.

2. Gather Information. The COSWD used information from internal NIH sources (e.g., working groups and meetings with the COSWD and NIH leadership) to develop the draft strategic plan and its framework.

3. Disseminate RFI. The COSWD developed and distributed a Request for Information (see next section) to solicit input from the biomedical research community and members of the public.

4. Review Feedback. The COSWD will collect and analyze feedback it receives from the RFI to potentially inform the development of the final strategic plan.

5. Revise. Revisions to the strategic plan will be informed by internal and external stakeholder insights. The final strategic plan will be available in March 2022.

Request for Information (RFI)

The COSWD invites members of the biomedical research enterprise and the interested public to read the Draft COSWD Strategic Plan and submit comments by February 10, 2022. The feedback will help the COSWD consider how to enhance its mission as an evidence-based thought leader and broaden its impact in the NIH workforce and scientific community. For more information and instructions on submitting a response:

Access the RFI Read the Draft COSWD Strategic Plan

Additional Information

The strategic planning process is an opportunity for the COSWD to refine and strengthen its goals and objectives. The previous COSWD Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2016-2020 helped expand scientific workforce diversity as a field of inquiry. The COSWD will update its strategic plan every five years.


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