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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. 

The ODS budget grew rapidly from 2000 to 2004; since 2004, the ODS budget has been relatively stable.

ODS’s FY2016 budget is $25.3 million. This budget largely supports research.

In FY2016, ODS provided $21.3 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 grants. ODS does not award research grants directly but selectively cofunds meritorious peer-reviewed research relevant to dietary supplements with NIH institutes and centers.

ODS Total Extramural Investments in FY2016


Category Breakout of ODS Co-funded Grants in FY2016