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List of NIH Advisory Committees

Introduction

NIH maintains approximately 147 chartered advisory committees which are categorized into four types:

  • National Advisory Council or Boards

  • Program Advisory Committees

  • Board of Scientific Counselors

  • Scientific Review Groups 

All meetings held by NIH advisory committees are advertised in the Federal Register and committee charters are available in the GSA FACA Database under the Department of Health and Human Services.  Most meetings can be accessed on the NIH Videocast website.

National Advisory Councils or Boards (NACs)

NACs perform the second level of peer review for research grant applications and offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation, and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of the respective Institutes or Centers, as well as providing recommendations on research conducted by each Institute's or Center's intramural program.

Purpose:

The Board will advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary); and the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the NLM and the policies respecting these activities. The Board also serves as the National Medical Libraries Assistance Advisory Board, which advises and assists in the preparation of general regulations and with respect to policy matters arising in the administration and review of applications for support of projects designed to develop facilities and techniques necessary to collect, preserve, store, process, retrieve, and facilitate the dissemination and utilization of widely expanded knowledge in health sciences and the biomedical information this support has generated.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 14, 2024
  • September 10, 2024 - September 11, 2024
  • May 13, 2025
  • September 9, 2025 - September 10, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other appropriate delegated officials on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 30, 2024 - May 31, 2024
  • September 12, 2024 - September 13, 2024
  • February 6, 2025 - February 7, 2025
  • May 29, 2025 - May 30, 2025
  • September 11, 2025 - September 12, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Board will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences (FIC, also referred to as Center) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 4, 2024
  • September 6, 2024

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 3, 2024
  • June 2, 2025 - June 3, 2025
  • September 8, 2025 - September 9, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 3, 2024 - June 4, 2024
  • September 9, 2024 - September 10, 2024
  • January 13, 2025 - January 14, 2025
  • June 9, 2025 - June 10, 2025
  • September 8, 2025 - September 9, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB, also referred to as Institute), on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 15, 2024
  • September 10, 2024 - September 11, 2024
  • January 21, 2025
  • May 14, 2025
  • September 16, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, also referred to as Center), on matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting these activities and to the functions described under section 406 of the PHS Act, as amended.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 17, 2024
  • September 13, 2024
  • January 24, 2025
  • May 16, 2025
  • September 19, 2025

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Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to he activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 20, 2024 - May 22, 2024
  • September 9, 2024 - September 11, 2024
  • February 10, 2025 - February 12, 2025
  • May 19, 2025 - May 21, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 23, 2024
  • September 12, 2024
  • January 28, 2025
  • May 20, 2025
  • September 9, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 21, 2024 - May 22, 2024
  • September 18, 2024 - September 19, 2024
  • January 28, 2025 - January 30, 2025
  • May 13, 2025 - May 15, 2025
  • September 17, 2025 - September 19, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 7, 2024
  • September 12, 2024
  • May 6, 2025
  • September 11, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, also referred to as Institute), on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 7, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • May 14, 2024
  • September 11, 2024
  • February 4, 2025
  • May 13, 2025
  • September 9, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD, also referred to as Institute), on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 31, 2024
  • September 6, 2024

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 21, 2024 - May 22, 2024
  • September 11, 2024
  • January 22, 2025
  • May 25, 2025
  • September 10, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 4, 2024 - June 5, 2024
  • September 11, 2024 - September 12, 2024
  • June 4, 2025 - June 5, 2025
  • September 9, 2025 - September 10, 2025
  • February 18, 2026 - February 19, 2026
  • June 2, 2026 - June 3, 2026
  • September 9, 2026 - September 10, 2026

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Eye Institute (NEI, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 7, 2024 - June 8, 2024
  • October 11, 2024 - October 12, 2024
  • February 21, 2025
  • June 13, 2025
  • October 3, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on General Medical Sciences (NIGMS, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 16, 2024
  • September 18, 2024 - September 19, 2024
  • February 6, 2025 - February 7, 2025
  • May 22, 2025 - May 23, 2025
  • September 11, 2025 - September 12, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 30, 2024 - June 1, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • February 11, 2025 - February 12, 2025
  • May 6, 2025 - May 8, 2025
  • September 2, 2025 - September 4, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 14, 2024 - May 16, 2024
  • May 15, 2024 - May 16, 2024
  • September 4, 2024 - September 5, 2024
  • February 12, 2025 - February 13, 2025
  • September 3, 2025 - September 5, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 29, 2024
  • September 17, 2024

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Board will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Cancer Institute, (NCI, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities; may recommend for support grants and cooperative agreements, following technical and scientific peer review; and relating to the functions pertaining to the NCI decribed under sections 405, 406, 413, and 414 of the PHS Act, as amended.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 8, 2024
  • June 11, 2024 - June 13, 2024
  • September 3, 2024 - September 5, 2024
  • December 2, 2024 - December 4, 2024
  • February 13, 2025
  • May 7, 2025
  • June 10, 2025 - June 12, 2025
  • September 2, 2025 - September 5, 2025
  • December 1, 2025 - December 3, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), and the Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS, also referred to as Center) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 23, 2024 - May 24, 2024
  • September 19, 2024 - September 20, 2024
  • January 30, 2025 - February 1, 2025
  • May 22, 2025
  • September 18, 2025

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Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 16, 2024
  • September 12, 2024 - September 13, 2024
  • January 23, 2025 - January 25, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • May 8, 2024 - May 9, 2024
  • September 11, 2024 - September 12, 2024
  • January 29, 2025 - January 30, 2025
  • May 14, 2025 - May 15, 2025
  • September 17, 2025 - September 18, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI, also referred to as Institute) on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • June 4, 2024
  • August 20, 2024
  • October 29, 2024 - October 31, 2024
  • February 4, 2025
  • June 11, 2025
  • August 20, 2025
  • October 28, 2025 - October 30, 2025

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Program Advisory Committees (PACs)

PACs provide advice on specific research programs, future research needs and opportunities, and identify and evaluate extramural initiatives.

Purpose:

The Committee will provide advice to the Director, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on research activities with regards to health of women.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • April 9, 2024 - April 10, 2024
  • October 16, 2024 - October 17, 2024

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Committee provides independent advice and recommendations to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other staff within the Office of Intramural Research (OIR) on the intramural staff training programs managed by its Office of Intramural Training and Education, technology transfer programs managed by its Office of Technology Transfer, the programs managed by its other three offices, the Office of Animal Care and Use, the Office of Human Subjects Research, and the Office of NIH History, and possible future research activities in the Intramural Research Program (IRP) to be encouraged by the DDIR.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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Purpose:

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), on matters related to planning, execution, conduct, support, and evaluation of biomedical research, medical science, and biomedical communications.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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Purpose:

The Committee will provide advice to the Director, Division of AIDS (DAIDS), and the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in all areas of biomedical research on HIV infection and AIDS, that support progress in the detection, treatment, and prevention of HIV disease, as well as its pathogenesis, natural history and transmission.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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Purpose:

The Committee will provide advice to the Director, Center for Scientific Review (CSR), on matters related to planning, execution, conduct, support, and evaluation of the peer review of grant applications.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • March 25, 2024
  • September 23, 2024
  • March 24, 2025

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Purpose:

The Board will advise the Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), on the conduct of the activities of the Cures Acceleration Network.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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Purpose:

The Committee will provide advice and make recommendations to the Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI or Institute), Deputy Directors, NCI, and the Associate Director, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), on the optimal use of the FNLCR to rapidly meet the most urgent needs of the Institute.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • February 29, 2024 - March 1, 2024
  • March 11, 2024
  • July 9, 2024 - July 10, 2024
  • October 22, 2024 - October 23, 2024
  • February 27, 2025
  • July 14, 2025 - July 15, 2025
  • October 21, 2025 - October 22, 2025

Contacts:

Purpose:

The Committee will (1) monitor autism spectrum disorder research, and to the extent practicable services and support activities, across all relevant Federal departments and agencies, including coordination of Federal activities with respect to autism spectrum disorder; (2) develop a summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder research related to causes, prevention, treatment, early screening, diagnosis or ruling out a diagnosis; interventions, including school and community-based interventions, and access to services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan of such individuals; (3) make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) regarding any appropriate changes to such activities, including with respect to the strategic plan; (4) make recommendations to the Secretary regarding public participation in decisions relating to autism spectrum disorder, and the process by which public feedback can be better integrated into such decisions; (5) develop a strategic plan for the conduct of, and support for, autism spectrum disorder research, including as practicable for services and supports, for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan of such individuals and the families of such individuals, which shall include (A) proposed budgetary requirements; and (B) recommendations to ensure that autism spectrum disorder research, and services and support activities to the extent practicable, of the Department of Health and Human Services and of other Federal departments and agencies are not unnecessarily duplicative; and (6) submit to the Congress and the President: (A) an annual update on the summary of advances described in point (2) above; and (B) an annual update to the strategic plan described in point (5) above, including any progress made in achieving the goals outlined in such strategic plan.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • April 17, 2024
  • July 10, 2024 - July 11, 2024

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Purpose:

The Committee will coordinate within the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies all activities that relate to pain research.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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Purpose:

The Committee reviews and evaluates journals as potential titles to be indexed in the MEDLINE database by the National Library of Medicine. As defined in this charter, the Committee shall recommend to the Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM) those journals to be indexed in the MEDLINE database and to advise on matters relating to the scope and coverage of MEDLINE.

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Purpose:

The Committee will coordinate research activities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with other Federal health programs and activities on matters related to the various forms of muscular dystrophy, including Duchenne, Becker, congenital muscular dystrophy, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, myotonic, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and other forms of muscular dystrophy.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  • March 18, 2024
  • November 22, 2024

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Purpose:

The Board will review and assess Federal research priorities, activities, and findings regarding medical rehabilitation research, and shall advise the Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) and the Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) on the provisions of the Research Plan. The Board will advise the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Director, NICHD, and the Director, NCMRR, on matters and policies relating to NCMRR’s medical rehabilitation research and training programs.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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    Purpose:

    The NAEPP was created to address asthma issues in the United States; to raise awareness of patients, health professionals, and the public that asthma is a serious chronic disease; and to ensure the recognition of the symptoms of asthma by patients, families, and the public and the appropriate diagnosis by health professionals. The ultimate goal of the NAEPP is to enhance the quality of life for patients with asthma and decrease asthma-related morbidity and mortality. The Committee’s primary mission is to provide advice to the Director, National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on matters concerning asthma and to facilitate the efficient and effective exchange of information on asthma activities among Federal programs and the committee’s member agencies and voluntary health organizations. To accomplish these broad program goals, the Committee is made up of members from NHLBI, as well as representatives from other Federal agencies, intermediaries including major medical associations, voluntary health organizations, and community programs.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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    Purpose:

    The Board will provide advice to the Director and Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI or Institute), and the Director of each NCI Division, Office, Center (DOC) on a wide variety of matters concerning scientific program policy, and progress and future direction of extramural research programs.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

    • March 19, 2024 - March 20, 2024
    • June 11, 2024 - June 13, 2024
    • December 2, 2024 - December 4, 2024
    • March 18, 2025 - March 19, 2025
    • June 10, 2025 - June 12, 2025
    • December 1, 2025 - December 3, 2025

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    Purpose:

    The Committee will provide advice to the Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NCI Deputy Directors, and the Director of each NCI Division, on matters related to the conduct, oversight, and implementation of clinical trials and translational research across the NCI.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

    • March 13, 2024
    • July 17, 2024
    • November 6, 2024
    • March 12, 2025
    • July 16, 2025
    • November 19, 2025

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    Purpose:

    The Committee will provide advice to the Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI or Institute), with respect to promoting research outcomes that are in the best interest of cancer patients. To this end, the Committee will conduct these activities with the intent to identify new approaches, promote innovation, recognize unforeseen risks or barriers, and identify unintended consequences that could result from NCI decisions or actions. Additionally, the Committee will provide insight into enhancing input, optimizing outreach, and promoting strong collaborations, all with respect to non-scientist stakeholders.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

    • March 5, 2024
    • June 26, 2024
    • September 18, 2024

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    Purpose:

    The purpose of the NSABB is to provide, as requested, advice, guidance, and recommendations regarding biosecurity oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research with legitimate scientific purpose that may be misused to pose a biologic threat to public health and/or national security. The NSABB will provide advice on and recommend specific strategies for the efficient and effective oversight of federally conducted or supported dual use biological research, taking into consideration both national security concerns and the needs of the research community to foster continued rapid progress in public health and agricultural research. Toward this end, the NSABB will also provide strategies to raise awareness of dual use issues relevant to the life science and related interdisciplinary research communities. In addition, pursuant to Section 205 of the PAHPA, when requested by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the NSABB shall also provide to relevant Federal departments and agencies, advice, guidance, or recommendations concerning (1) a core curriculum and training requirements for workers in maximum containment and biological laboratories; and (2) periodic evaluation of maximum containment biological laboratory capacity nationwide and assessments of the future need for increased laboratory capacity.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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    Purpose:

    The objective of the Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the NIH Director and NIH Clinical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) pertinent to maintaining excellence in hospital operations, safety and quality, regulatory compliance, clinical research, and hospital leadership performance oversight. The Board’s advice and recommendations may regard issues, processes, studies, and/or reports on a range of topics in relation to the NIH Clinical Center and CEO’s duties and authorities.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

    • June 21, 2024
    • October 18, 2024

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    Purpose:

    The Committee will provide advice to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), on matters related to the conduct and oversight of research involving emerging technologies in biomedical science (also referred to as emerging biotechnologies).

    Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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      Purpose:

      The Council will provide advice to the Director, Office of AIDS Research (OAR) on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research and other activities in respect to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) conducted or supported by the agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

      Upcoming Committee Meetings:

      • June 20, 2024
      • October 24, 2024

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      Purpose:

      The Panel will provide advice directly to the President on matters relating to the development and execution of the activities of the National Cancer Program.

      Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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        Purpose:

        The Committee will provide advice to the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), and the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) regarding ICCVAM activities. SACATM also advises the NIEHS and NICEATM on NICEATM activities relating to ICCVAM. The purposes of the ICCVAM as defined in the law are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal agency test method review; eliminate unnecessary duplicative efforts and share experiences between Federal regulatory agencies; optimize utilization of scientific expertise outside the Federal government; ensure that new and revised test methods are validated to meet the needs of Federal agencies; and reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals in testing, where feasible. NICEATM supports activities and collaborates with ICCVAM to facilitate the development, scientific review, validation, and interagency consideration of novel toxicological methods of multiagency interest that predict human health risks while reducing, refining, and/or replacing animal tests. NICEATM promotes participation and communication with stakeholders throughout the process of test method development and validation.

        Upcoming Committee Meetings:

        • September 17, 2024 - September 19, 2024
        • September 16, 2025 - September 18, 2025

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        Purpose:

        The Committee will provide advice to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR), on matters related to planning, execution, conduct, support, and evaluation of research in sickle cell disease.

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          Purpose:

          The Board will provide advice to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Director, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), on matters related to planning, execution, conduct, support, and evaluation of research in sleep disorders.

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            Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC)

            BSCs provide review and evaluate the research programs, projects, and investigators in the intramural laboratories and programs of the NIH.

            Purpose:

            The purpose of the Board is to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH; the Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM); and the Scientific Director, NLM, with respect to the intramural research program of the NLM, including research and research training conducted within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC).

            Upcoming Committee Meetings:

            • April 18, 2024

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            Purpose:

            The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Intramural Research Program conducts and supports basic and clinical research with respect to heart, blood vessels, lungs, blood cells and bone marrow. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors

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            Purpose:

            The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center's Intramural Research Program provides research support to the institutes and centers of Intramural Program of the NIH and conducts and supports basic and clinical research in numerous specialties of medicine. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientists, expert scientists from outside the NIH are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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            Purpose:

            The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Division of Translational Toxicology’s (DTT) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health-related research and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to mechanistic and applied toxicological research. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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            Purpose:

            The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic and clinical child health and human growth and development research. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientists, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

            Upcoming Committee Meetings:

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              Purpose:

              The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health-related research in its own laboratories. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientists, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors, NCI (Board). The Board provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its intramural programs in the areas of basic, clinical, and epidemiological research and provides advice to the Institute regarding a wide variety of matters concerning scientific program policy and progress and itiatives within the NCI Intramural Research Program.

              Upcoming Committee Meetings:

              • March 4, 2024
              • July 8, 2024 - July 10, 2024
              • November 4, 2024 - November 6, 2024
              • March 10, 2025 - March 11, 2025
              • July 7, 2025 - July 8, 2025
              • November 3, 2025 - November 4, 2025

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              The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Center in carrying out its programs with respect to basic and applied research, training researchers in complementary and integrative health practices, and disseminating health information with respect to identifying, investigating and validating complementary and integrative treatments, diagnostic and prevention modalities, disciplines and systems. NCCIH's Division of Intramural Research focuses on basic, clinical, and translational research focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. Research projects include investigating the role of the brain in pain processing and control, and how factors such as emotion, attention, environment, and genetics affect pain perception. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientists, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors, NCClH.

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              The National Eye Institute (NEI) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to the conduct of research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to vision research. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out is programs with respect to genetics and genomics research. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural programs and of the work of the individual scientists, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Intramural Research Program conducts and supports research and training relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to biomedical imaging, biomedical engineering, and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental diseases and conditions and craniofacial research.  In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic and clinical medical sciences. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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              • April 18, 2024 - April 19, 2024
              • September 26, 2024 - September 27, 2024

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              The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health-related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to environmental health sciences, and associated technologies and modalities with environmental health applications. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program conducts and supports research relating to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of mental disorders and conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic and clinical mental health research. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                • June 5, 2024 - June 7, 2024
                • September 24, 2024 - September 27, 2024
                • February 5, 2025 - February 7, 2025
                • June 4, 2025 - June 6, 2025
                • September 16, 2025 - September 18, 2025

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                The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic, translational, and clinical research in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to the aging process and the diseases and other special problems and needs of the aged. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic and clinical research on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Intramural Research Program conducts basic and clinical research in human communication, with a primary interest in hearing and balance. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  • April 2, 2024
                  • October 21, 2024 - October 22, 2024
                  • November 4, 2025 - November 6, 2025

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                  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to basic, preclinical and clinical research on mechanisms that underlie substance use disorders, addiction and relapse.  In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  • May 7, 2024 - May 9, 2024
                  • October 22, 2024
                  • May 6, 2025 - May 8, 2025
                  • October 28, 2025 - October 29, 2025

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                  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Intramural Research Program conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                  The Board will provide advice to the National Toxicology Program (NTP, also referred to as "Program") Executive Committee and Program Director on matters of scientific program content, to evaluate the scientific merits of the intramural and collaborative programs of the NTP, and to provide external scientific advice on NTP activities.

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                    The Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts biomedical health related research in its own laboratories and provides advice to the Institute in carrying out its programs with respect to research that facilitates the development of effective vaccines for human disease. In order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs and of the work of the individual scientist, expert scientists from outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are invited to join the Board of Scientific Counselors.

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                    Scientific Peer Review Groups (SRGs)

                    SRGs are the generic, functional term for any group engaged in scientific and technical peer review.  SRGs are divided into two categories: Initial/Integrated Review Groups and Special Emphasis Panels.

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                    Initial/Integrated Review Groups (IRGs)

                    IRGs perform the first level of scientific and technical peer review of grant applications, cooperative agreements, and contract proposals.  In the Center for Scientific Review, these groups are known as Integrated Review Groups, and the NIH Institutes refer to them as Initial Review Groups. IRGs are composed of study sections which are groups of scientists focused on a particular research field who are charged with reviewing applications. Individual study sections can be found on the NIH Scientific Review Group Index here, which includes the name of the Scientific Review Officer for each study section and meeting schedules.

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                    SEPs review grant and cooperative agreement applications and contract proposals for research, research projects, and training.

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