CHSF participants worked through the past year to accomplish this charge. First, CHSF outlined priority areas and developed preliminary plans. Then, on November 21-22, CHSF and Office of Science and Technology Policy sponsored a national forum: "Meeting the Challenge: Health, Safety and Food for America". The purpose of this forum was to convene 450 scientific experts from a mix of disciplines, organizations and areas to review and improve CHSF plans, share ideas, and help support national health, safety and food RD objectives. CHSF wants to acknowledge the valuable input received from forum participants. The CHSF plan which follows is a work in progress. In the upcoming year, CHSF will continue to focus, clarify and strengthen its RD plans as it implements them.