The US Government has released an Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research.
From the NSF Press Release:
A group of 23 U.S. government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), have joined to produce the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research, which outlines the objectives, structure and principles for coordinated research in this important field of study.
The Microbiome Interagency Working Group's five-year strategic plan recommends three areas of focus for collaborative, transformative work:
- Supporting interdisciplinary, collaborative research to enable a predictive understanding of the function of microbiomes in diverse ecosystems in order to enhance public health, improve food and environmental security, and grow new bioeconomy product areas.
- Developing platform technologies to generate critical insights and improve access to and sharing of microbiome data collected across ecosystems.
- Expanding the microbiome workforce through educational opportunities, citizen science and public engagement.