National Institute of Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is one of 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NINR believes that nursing research is the key to unlocking the power and potential of nursing by leveraging nursing’s strengths and unique knowledge and perspectives inherent to the discipline to the benefit of all people.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) leads nursing research to solve pressing health challenges and inform practice and policy - optimizing health and advancing health equity into the future.

This strategic plan describes how NINR will support scientific programs, training, and policies that both move the nursing research field forward and maximize the impact of science through good stewardship of public funds. The plan includes the Director's overview, research framework, stewardship plan, development process, and frequently asked questions. The changes from prior plans are intentional and were made in recognition that science needs to continue to innovate. As a living document, this plan will allow NINR to respond nimbly to evolving and emerging health issues facing our Nation.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the National Institute of Nursing Research's (NINR) 2022-2026 strategic plan, which includes NINR's mission, research lenses for investigating health-related questions, guiding principles for prioritizing research, and a research framework for achieving NINR's mission.