to work-related exposures, and environmental health, as related to exposure of the general public. Too often research programs present broad goals for important research but do not back them up with a concrete and realistic plan for accomplishing the goals.

Such a strategy might contain, in addition to the research framework and goals elaborated in the Roadmap, the following elements:

  • An interdisciplinary system for prioritizing research activities to ensure maximum efficiency in an environment in which not everything possible can reasonably be undertaken at once and multiple disciplines need to work together to determine the priorities;

  • An approximation of the resources needed to carry out high- and middle-priority efforts; and

  • A plan for review, evaluation, and accountability for those receiving support for research contained in the Roadmap.

As NIOSH and other partners move forward in implementing the Roadmap, discussions are needed on successful models of establishing effective partnerships and management of research efforts to ensure a coordinated approach to address specific information gaps.


NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). 2009. Revised draft. NIOSH current intelligence bulletin. Asbestos fibers and other elongated mineral particles: State of the science and roadmap for research. January 2009. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (accessed September 18, 2009).

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