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The National Institute of Mental Health Strategic Plan

The NIMH Strategic Plan for Research outlines the Institute’s research goals and priorities over the next five years

Strategic Plan Goals

The four Strategic Plan Goals form a broad roadmap for the Institute’s research priorities, spanning fundamental science to public health impact.

Our Progress

Learn about the progress the Institute has made across the four Goals of the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research.

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Progress for Goal 1

Advancing basic science of brain, genomics, and behavior to understand mental illnesses.

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Progress for Goal 2

Charting mental illness trajectories to determine when, where, and how to intervene.

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Progress for Goal 3

Highlighting efforts to improve preventive and therapeutic interventions.

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Progress for Goal 4

Bringing knowledge to practice, improvements to services, and better outcomes to individuals.