agement structure of NORA2. All research proposals that are under consideration for funding, whether intramural or extramural, should be prioritized according to the RDRP strategic plan, which needs to be updated periodically.
Broader programmatic goals (visionary issues) have also been developed to assist the RDRP in identifying and effectively addressing issues that may arise in the future.
Research coordination: The RDRP should work closely with NIEHS; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Environmental Protection Agency; and other relevant federal agencies to develop a truly coordinated approach to research on occupational and environmental respiratory disorders. Current institutional silos obstruct the efficient use of resources and development of knowledge.
Surveillance: The RDRP should develop surveillance systems for occupational and environmental respiratory disorders that generate adequate prevalence and incidence data for the appropriate targeting of resources for preventing and reducing the disease burden. Attention to developing systems that could capture evidence of unrecognized risks and new outbreaks is also needed.
Outreach to the pulmonary research community: The RDRP has played an important role in the past to focus and catalyze research efforts on important occupational exposures and work-related lung diseases by hosting or cosponsoring conferences and workshops. The evaluation committee strongly recommends continued support of such activities to stimulate extramural investigators to target priority issues identified by the RDRP strategic-planning process.