Developed by the Academy’s National Committees for Science, decadal plans are 10-year strategic plans for science disciplines. The purpose of a plan is to:
assess the current state of knowledge in a specific science discipline
identify and set priorities for the most important scientific questions for the next decade
outline strategies to achieve these priorities and goals.
The diversity of each discipline makes the production of decadal plans exciting and unique projects. Decadal plans are produced by the research community, but the audiences for the documents are, to a large extent, policy makers and funding bodies.