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How NIAID Is Organized

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director (OD) provides scientific leadership, policy guidance, and overall operational and administrative coordination for the Institute. The OD oversees budget and financial planning, strategic planning and evaluation, program development, communications and legislative affairs, workforce development, technology transfer, and global research coordination.

NIAID OD serves as the chief liaison with the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, Congress, professional societies, voluntary health organizations, and additional public health groups. It also coordinates the activities of NIAID extramural and intramural divisions.

Extramural Divisions

Most of the NIAID budget supports research at academic and research institutions outside the Institute (referred to as extramural research) through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Three research divisions at NIAID direct and manage the extramural research portfolio:

  1. Division of AIDS (DAIDS)
  2. Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT)
  3. Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID)

A fourth extramural division, the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), oversees policy and management activities related to funding grants and contracts, manages the NIAID research training program, and conducts initial peer review for grants and contracts that address an Institute-specific need or focus.

Intramural Divisions

Three NIAID research divisions conduct studies and clinical investigations within NIAID laboratories (known as intramural research):

  1. Division of Clinical Research (DCR)
  2. Division of Intramural Research (DIR)
  3. Vaccine Research Center (VRC)

The NIAID intramural research program is located in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus; in nearby Rockville and Frederick, Maryland; and at its Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Through collaborative research efforts, NIAID intramural researchers also have been able to develop and sustain research programs in resource-poor areas through partnerships with local scientists in countries such as Indonesia, Mali, and Uganda.

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Last Updated September 18, 2014