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NCCIH Request for Information Form

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is updating its Strategic Plan to guide the Center’s research efforts and priorities over the next 5 years (Fiscal Year 2021–2026). On February 19, 2020, we held a webinar, “NCCIH Strategic Planning Webinar: Whole Person Health,” to kick off the year-long strategic planning process.

A Request for Information (RFI) (NOT-AT-20-013) was published to notify stakeholders about the process for giving input.

Input must be received by June 30, 2020, to be considered. 

NCCIH invites input from stakeholders, experts, communities, and members of the public, including but not limited to researchers and trainees across academia, industry, and government; health care providers and health advocacy organizations; nongovernmental, scientific, and professional organizations; and Federal agencies. 

Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership as a whole.  

Current Strategic Objectives

  • Advance fundamental science and methods development
  • Improve care for hard-to-manage symptoms
  • Foster health promotion and disease prevention
  • Enhance the complementary and integrative health research workforce
  • Disseminate objective evidence-based information on complementary and integrative health interventions.

Please provide your perspective or expertise on any or all of the following points (responses are limited to 1600 characters which is about 250 words). Alternatively, responses may be sent to

  • Input on high-priority objectives that you do not see reflected among the five strategic objectives stated above.
  • Opportunities for, and challenges facing, progress in integrative and complementary health research, including whole person health.
  • Gaps and opportunities in basic, mechanistic, translational, and clinical research. The Center is particularly interested in feedback on research opportunities and methodologies in whole person health and multimodal approaches.  
  • Opportunities in implementation science. Implementation science focuses on identifying, understanding, and overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, tools, policies, and guidelines.
  • Emerging research needs and opportunities that should be considered as the Center’s 2021 Strategic Plan is developed.
  • Research needs and opportunities articulated in the Center’s current Strategic Plan that should be modified because of progress over the past 5 years. (The Center’s current plan is available at
  • Recommendations for steps, actions, activities, or opportunities that will help NCCIH make progress on the current Strategic Objectives or any new objectives that you are suggesting.
  • Successes, shortcomings, and impacts of existing NCCIH policies, practices, partnerships, strategies, or activities.
  • Any other comments related to the NCCIH Strategic Plan.

For recommendations you make, please consider indicating appropriate objective success criteria, including quantitative and qualitative benchmarks and milestones for gauging progress in the corresponding area.

NCCIH also welcomes your general comments, including those regarding the extent to which the 2016—2020 plan has guided and encouraged the field.

Responses are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Each comment received in response to this RFI will be considered in aggregate as part of the overall strategic planning process. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response.  

This request is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the United States Government. NCCIH will not make any awards based on responses to this RFI or pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information.

Deadline to submit input: June 30, 2020.

Personal Information

Please provide your input on any of the following topics: