Alternatively maligned and championed by pharmaceutical companies and biomedical research funding agencies, natural products research has and will continue to enable life-saving therapies. But what will be the future of natural products research look like and how will we get there? The launch of Natural Products Chemistry and Research presents an occasion to contemplate the frontiers of the discipline and look forward to what may lie ahead. In this note, current trends and potential new developments are discussed. Some aspects of current research trends will certainly continue to drive the field. Bioassayguided isolation will continue to provide new natural products with fascinating structures and promising activities. With regard to the latter, there will be growing emphasis on more information-rich activity screens in place of standard cytotoxicity or antimicrobial assays, to better differentiate truly promising and selective biologically active natural products. Chemical ecology will continue to impact drug discovery efforts, with growing attention to processes such as quorum sensing and other inter- and intra-species chemical communication pathways.