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Research partnerships for safer, healthier workplaces.

The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work together to develop goals and objectives for addressing these needs. more...

Sector Agendas for the Nation

NORA Sector Councils have created sector agendas for the nation to guide research and research-to-practice. The Councils will update these as needed. All comments sent to the NORA Coordinator will be forwarded to the relevant Council.

Your Comments Requested on Draft Agendas for the Nation

Planning documents developed by the NORA Sector Councils are available for public comment. All comments will be considered by the council in future revisions. Choose from the drafts below to review a product and submit a comment.

NORA Spotlight:

NORA National Agenda Updates

Six of the eight NORA sector councils (plus two subsector councils) have generated draft or final national sector agendas that are available on the NORA home page. Four national sector agendas are in preparation.

The NORA Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council will first publish a report detailing research needs and opportunities and has started formulating its priorities as goals for its national agenda.

The NORA Manufacturing Sector Council is progressing toward publication of its draft national agenda based on ten strategic goal areas.

The NIOSH Mining Sector Program ( is revising its existing strategic plan based on internal discussions and input from stakeholders; at the same time, the program is building its extramural research program and expects to have a larger community of research stakeholders in the future to engage in meaningful NORA activities for the nation.

The NORA Oil and Gas Extraction Subsector Council is actively engaged in preparing a draft national agenda.

Contact the NORA coordinator ( for more information or to volunteer to join any of these efforts.

Page last updated:January 9, 2009