This year marks the seventh year of NORA implementation. NIOSH remains committed to NORA, which continues to provide a unique vehicle for partnerships and advances in occupational safety and health research. The fourth bi-annual NORA Symposium, June 23-24, 2003, will provide an exciting forum to share scientific research in NORA priority areas. It will also provide us with a unique opportunity to focus on how NORA research makes a difference in the lives of workers. The issue of moving NORA research to public health practice is critical and something that NIOSH is intent upon examining as part of a larger effort to assess NORA's impact and future shape. NIOSH will continue to turn to our partners for input as we evaluate NORA and plan for the future. Over the past seven years, NORA has energized occupational safety and health research. NIOSH has aggressively aligned its intramural research program with NORA and has made scientific progress in many of the priority research areas. NIOSH's NORA intramural research budget has risen from $8.7 million in Fiscal Year 1996 to $50.7 million in Fiscal Year 2002. NIOSH has also increased its funding of extramural NORA projects and allocates three-quarters of new NORA funding to expand extramural research.