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Sept 30 -- The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) in the Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites feedback by December 3, 2021 from stakeholders on research opportunities and operational activities related to implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan to Advance Research on the Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minorities fiscal years (FY) 2021-2025.
“Sexual and gender minority” is an overarching term that includes, but is not limited to, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, and/or intersex. Individuals with same-sex or -gender attractions or behaviors and those with a difference in sex development are also included. These populations also encompass those who do not self-identify with one of these terms but whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or reproductive development is characterized by non-binary constructs of sexual orientation, gender, and/or sex.

The Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM)-related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The Office was officially established in September 2015 within the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of the Director.

To advance NIH priorities in SGM health research, SGMRO requests input from SGM health researchers and related communities on potential research opportunities and operational activities related to the goals of the FY 2021-2025 strategic plan, which was posted in September 2020. The current strategic plan has provided NIH with a framework to improve the health of SGM populations through increased research and support of scientists conducting SGM-relevant research. The strategic plan is available at https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/sgmro/reports
In particular, the SGMRO invites input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research community, clinical practice communities, patient and family advocates, scientific or professional organizations, federal partners, internal NIH stakeholders, and other interested members of the public.

The FY 2021-2025 strategic plan includes the following four scientific themes and research opportunities:

1. Clinical research
2. Social and behavioral research
3. Research in chronic diseases and comorbidities
4. Methods and measurement research
FR notice inviting public input on research and operational activities: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/30/2021-21319/request-for-information-on-research-opportunities-and-operational-activities-related-to-the-nih

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