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About NORA... Partnerships, Research and Practice

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. The following types of information help inform the program’s priority setting process:

  • The numbers of workers at risk for a particular injury or illness
  • The seriousness of the hazard or issue
  • The probability that new information and approaches will make a difference

Participation in NORA is broad, including stakeholders from universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations. Involvement ranges from providing input electronically to volunteering for a Sector Council  .

The program entered its second decade in 2006 with a new sector based structure to better move research to practice within workplaces. The national agenda is developed and implemented through the NORA Sector Councils . Each Council develops and maintains an agenda for its sector. The collection of national sector agendas  is the agenda for the nation for improvements in occupational safety and health through research and partnerships.

Representing all stakeholders, the councils use an open process to set goals, develop strategies, encourage partnerships, and promote improved workplace practices. Download the charge to a NORA Sector Council [PDF - 21 KB] .

A public meeting is typically held semi-annually to discuss partnerships and issues in common across multiple NORA sectors. The Partnerships to Advance the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) public meeting is announced in the Federal Register. Send an email to to request more information.