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April 13, 2021 – Congressional Briefing: Building America’s Nutrition Security Infrastructure

All briefing clips can also be found on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/showcase/april2021-nutrition-briefing


January 8, 2021 – NIH Began the Official Transfer of the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) to the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director

On January 8, the NIH has began the official transfer of the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) to the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director. This reorganization positions ONR to enhance engagement of the NIH Institutes and Centers in implementing the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research.

Further information can be found on the ONR’s new website.


December 17, 2020 – NIH Announced a Proposed Transfer of the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) within NIH

On December 17, as a follow-up to the release of the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research, James M. Anderson, NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, announced the proposed transfer of the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) within the NIH. In the statement released, the NIH acknowledged that nutrition is critically important for maintaining health and preventing a wide range of diseases, with NIH nutrition research supported across numerous Institutes and Centers and that central coordination of nutrition research across the agency will enable effective and seamless implementation of the Strategic Plan and a new related large cohort study in development.

Further information can be found on the NIH webpage dedicated to the proposed reorganization. The Advisory Group’s comment on the proposed transfer is below.


November 2020 – Rockefeller Foundation’s Funding Support To Promote Advocacy

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Federal Nutrition Policy Advisory Group in 2021 will focus on building national momentum and support for effective policies in three areas: (1) advancing nutrition science, (2) creating greater coordination of federal food and nutrition policy, and (3) leveraging Food is Medicine interventions in healthcare. These efforts build upon and expand the work and progress in 2020, which assessed and highlighted the importance of accelerating federal nutrition science and coordinated national food and nutrition policy.


July 20, 2020 – White Paper Release

On July 20, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition electronically published the white paper, Strengthening national nutrition research: rationale and options for a new coordinated federal research effort and authority, accessible here. More information and a downloadable executive summary can be found on our white paper page.


July 15, 2020 – BPC’s Advancing Federal Nutrition Research to Improve America’s Health Event

On July 15, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy held an important discussion on key strategies to strengthen federal nutrition research and coordination leading up to the future white paper release. An announcement of a coalition of major organizations, who stand in support of the need for greater investment in federal nutrition research, was also made at the event.


June 2, 2020 – American Society for Nutrition’s #NutritionLiveOnline2020 Panel Discussion

A blue-tinted photo of a basket of harvested brussels sprouts is overlaid with a quote that says the time is now to make nutrition research a priority.

On June 2, at the #NutritionLiveOnline2020 event hosted by the American Society for Nutrition, two esteemed panels discussed the ideas and concepts outlined in the yet-to-be-released white paper, Strengthening national nutrition research: Rationale and options for a new coordinated federal research effort and authority.


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