In April 1996, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its partners unveiled the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORATM), a framework to guide occupational safety and health research into the following decade. NORA may be a tool not only for NIOSH except for the complete occupational safety and health community. Approximately five hundred organizations and individuals outside NIOSH provided input into the event of the Agenda. Prior to NORA, there had been no national research agenda in the sphere of occupational safety and health (and no analysis agenda in any field) that had captured such broad input and consensus. This unique method resulted in exceptional agreement about the high 21 analysis priorities.