In 2018, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convened a Research Priorities and Strategies Development Task Force. The goal of this task force was establish an interactive process to assess emergent research needs and identify research priorities that, if addressed, would have the greatest impact on knowledge advancement and empowerment of nutrition and dietetics practitioners, students, interns and retired members.
The task force used a 9-step process to develop priorities that fall under four main themes relevant to nutrition and dietetics research: Nutrition-related Discovery, Clinical Nutrition Research, Implementation Science and Public Health. Influencing each of the themes is an overarching acknowledgment of the role that all priorities can play in informing nutrition and dietetics education, practice and policy. The Academy research priorities are intended as a resource for both internal and external stakeholders and have applications for various areas of practice including education, clinical and community practice, management, and of course research and collaboration.