The transition of the Mine Health and Safety Research Program for the former Bureau of Mines to CDC's NIOSH has been completed, management structures have been established, and information systems are being developed and improved to ensure the conduct of a safety and health research program responsive to the highest priority needs across the entire mining sector. The focus continues to be placed on "solution oriented science," with attention to understanding and contributing to the elimination of technological and other barriers to the prevention of injuries, fatalities, and diseases from mining work. Communicating results of scientific research to all stakeholders who are in a position to contribute to a safer and healthier mine environment is of paramount importance. Coordination with external partners also continues to be a NIOSH priority. Their active involvement will ensure the development and conduct of a program based on sound science and one that is fully responsive to ensure a safe and healthful workplace for all American miners, the mandate of this research program.