To advance the President's vision of a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is seeking public input on the development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide.
Through this request for information, the agencies seek input on ways to increase knowledge about factors influencing suicidal behaviors and ways to prevent suicide; inform the development of a robust and forward looking research agenda; coordinate relevant research efforts across the Nation; and measure progress on these efforts. The public input provided in response to this request for information will inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, who will develop and implement the National Research Strategy.
The National Research Strategy shall include milestones and metrics designed to:
- Improve the ability to identify individual veterans and groups of veterans at greater risk of suicide;
- Develop and improve individual interventions that increase overall veteran quality of life and decrease the veteran suicide rate;
- Develop strategies to better ensure the latest research discoveries are translated into practical applications and implemented quickly;
- Establish relevant data-sharing protocols across Federal agencies that align with community collaborators;
- Draw upon technology to capture and use health data from non-clinical settings to advance behavioral and mental health research to the extent practicable;
- Improve coordination among research efforts, prevent unnecessarily duplicative efforts, identify barriers to or gaps in research, and facilitate opportunities for improved consolidation, integration, and alignment; and
- Develop public-private collaboration models to foster innovative and effective research that accelerates these efforts.