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In meeting its mission to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements, ODS conducts programs and activities that can be categorized into five broad areas:

  • Research and training
  • Population studies and nutrient interventions
  • Research resources
  • Collaborations with other federal agencies
  • Translating research findings

ODS’s key activities are grouped into the five categories. An ODS staff member oversees each program and most ODS staff members are active in more than one program. Each program interacts with one or more stakeholder communities, including: research investigators; educators; health practitioners; research and educational institutions; federal agencies; dietary supplement, food, and related industries; media; consumer and public interest groups; and members of the public. For detailed information, see ODS programs and activities on the ODS website. See also ODS’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to learn more. 

ODS’s FY2019 budget is $25.3 million. This budget largely supports research.

In FY2019, ODS provided $18 million in funding to research projects. The distribution of these funds by project type—grants, contracts, and interagency agreements—is shown in the first figure. The largest allocation was for research grant cofunds and administrative supplements of existing NIH grants. ODS does not award research grants directly but selectively cofunds meritorious peer-reviewed research relevant to dietary supplements with NIH Institutes and Centers.
 

The ODS Total Extramural Investment in FY 2019 with a portfolio total value of $18M was divided as follows: Extramural Grants, 58%; Inter-Agency Agreements and Intramural Research Projects, 30%; Research Contracts, 11%; and Workshops, 1%.
 

The Category Breakout of ODS Co-Funded Grants in FY2019 with a portfolio total value of $10.4M was divided as follows: CARBON Program, 40%, Other Botanicals, 8%; Calcium, 2%; Fatty Acids, 7%; General Nutrition, 4%, Iron, 2%; Minerals, 3%; Other Supplements, 13%; Other Vitamins, 13%; Probiotics, 2%; Protein, 1%; Vitamin D, 5%.

 

*NIH Centers for Advancing Research on Botanical and Other Natural Products (CARBON) Programexternal link disclaimer