Nutrition Science and Research

Despite unhealthy diets accounting for 20% of U.S. health care costs, only $1 million of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) annual $45 billion budget (.002%) goes to the Office of Nutrition Research.

The promotion and coordination of nutrition research aims to promote nutrition science and thereby human health by reducing the burden of diet-related diseases and nutrition health disparities (as defined by the National Institutes of Health [NIH] Office of Nutrition Research).The federal government is the largest supporter of U.S. nutrition research, housing a far-reaching infrastructure of departments and agencies that conduct critically-important nutrition research and surveillance across a range of areas. Despite this broad interest in nutrition research, such efforts are not well coordinated across all research bodies. Our work advocates for centralized, skillful coordination of federal nutrition research to better leverage, harmonize, and catalyze research efforts conducted across relevant departments and agencies.

Our current goals in this area include:

  • Increasing funding for the NIH Office of Nutrition Research
  • Advancing a national strategy for federal nutrition research (e.g., new Office of Science and Technology Policy and President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology plan, Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research)
  • Increasing research funding for nutrition across NIH
  • Advancing USDA research funding at the intersections of production agriculture, human health, and sustainability/soil health
  • Establishing a new National Institute of Nutrition at NIH

A Call for Coordinated National Nutrition Research

We need a National Nutrition Science Strategy. Nutrition research is currently funded through more than 20 government departments and agencies, without sufficient coordination or authority for harmonized goals, data-sharing, or translation.

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