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Since its inception, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has been guided by a series of plans that have laid out ambitious goals and provided measurable objectives to gauge progress. These plans were created using a detailed, colaborative planning process that gathered input from the research community in a number of different ways, utilizing workshops, meetings, seminars and critical reflection on the research and funding goals for the institute. 

Related Planning Meetings

  • 2003-2008A Vision for the Future of Genomic Research 
    A vision document that guided the institute into a new era of genomic research following the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in April 2003.
    • Beyond the Beginning: The Future of Genomics
      Arlie Conference Center, Virginia, December 12-14, 2001
    • Beyond the Beginning: The Future of Genomics II
      Arlie Conference Center, Virginia, November 18-20, 2002 

      The meetings identified the predominant future emerging themes of genomics research for next 10 to 20 years, regardless of what might be appropriate for NHGRI to pursue, and gathered information from a series of NHGRI workshops. The results of these meetings and workshops were used by NHGRI leadership to draft the new plan.

      The plan was published in April 2003 in Nature [nature.com], coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA, the seminal work of James Watson and Francis Crick, and the completion of the sequence of the human genome.
  • 1998-2003New Goals for the U.S. Human Genome Project
    Major goal: the completion of a working draft sequence of the human genome, achieved in 2003
  • 1993-1998A New Five-Year Plan for the United States Human Genome Program
    The goals for the Human Genome Project refined and extended to cover the first eight years (through September, 1998) of the 15-year genome initiative.
  • 1991 - 1995Understanding Our Genetic Inheritance
    The United States Human Genome Project: The First Five Years.

Reports and Publications Outlining NHGRI Long-Range Planning

History of the recent Planning Process:

For more information about Long-Range Planning, please contact:

Alice Bailey 
Scientific Program Analyst
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4B09
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-2152
Phone: 301-496-0844
Fax: 301-402-0837
E-mail: baileyali@mail.nih.gov

Last updated: February 19, 2012