Notice of Extension for Request for Information: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Strategic Plan Update

Notice Number: NOT-DC-11-002

Key Dates
Release Date: November 3, 2010

Issued by
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Other Relevant Notice
September 2, 2010 – See NOT-DC-10-001, Request for Information: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Strategic Plan Update

Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential responders to (NOT-DC-10-001) that the expiration date for submitting information has been extended from November 5, 2010.  The new expiration date is December 5, 2010.

Background

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is updating its Strategic Plan (Plan).  This five-year Plan will cover FYs 2012-2016.  The purpose of this time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit information that will help guide NIDCD in updating the Plan.

Information Requested

NIDCD is seeking information to help inform the NIDCD in developing the FYs 2012-2016 NIDCD Strategic Plan.  Specifically, NIDCD is seeking input to the following questions:
1.     What are the most significant scientific discoveries in the communication sciences that have occurred in the past decade?  (Please provide reference(s) to scientific journal article(s), if applicable).
2.     What are the gaps in current research and training in the communication sciences?
3.     What pressing needs of individuals with communication disorders can be helped with additional research?
4.     What are the greatest challenges or barriers to progress in the communication sciences?

Responses

All comments must be submitted electronically via the web-based form at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/plans/strategic/publiccomments.htm and will be accepted through December 5, 2010.  You will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback from NIDCD on any comments.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary.  Any personal identifiers (e.g., names, addresses, e-mail addresses, etc.) will be removed when responses are compiled.  Only the de-identified comments will be used.  Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response.  The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).

This Request for Information (RFI) is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The NIH does not intend to award a grant or contract to pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the NIH’s use of such information.  No basis for claims against the NIH shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or the NIH’s use of such information as part of the NIDCD Strategic Plan.

Inquiries

Specific questions about this RFI should be directed to the contact listed below:

Mr. Baldwin Wong
Science Policy and Planning Branch
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
wongb@nidcd.nih.gov


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