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Office of Extramural Research Policy and Operations (OERPO)

Key Functions

  • Leads and coordinates DEA operations, and as necessary, responses to correspondence, requests, and data calls from the NIAID Office of the Director and the NIH Office of Extramural Research.
  • Leads and coordinates the development, implementation and dissemination of policy, procedures, and other guidance related to extramural award activities.
  • Develops and implements systems, procedures, and operations aimed at improving the effectiveness and mitigating the risks that pertain to NIAID initiative development and the awarding of extramural research grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, including managing the; NIAID Director’s and DEA Director’s extramural conflicts of interests and recusals.
  • Exercises oversight of and provides advice on extramural policies and standard operating procedures to the extramural community and NIAID staff, including peer review appeals, application submission and special grant programs.
  • Serves as the liaison with the NIH Office of Extramural Research and Center for Scientific Review, and coordinates with the program divisions and the NIAID Scientific Review Program with regard to receipt and referral of applications assigned to NIAID and resolution of issues related to initiative development and application submission.
  • Manages the assignment of eRA/IMPAC accounts to manage COI and maintain system and data security and performs audits and other reports related to NIH operational systems.
  • Provides technical leadership and expert consultation to maintain data integrity and resolve problems related to NIAID and NIH extramural awards and management systems.
  • Works with NIH extramural program leadership in the NIH Office of Extramural Research and Center for Information Technology, as well as NIAID staff in assessing needs and improving systems analysis, systems design and programming.
  • Coordinates and/or leads the planning of NIAID extramural grant, cooperative agreement and contract activities, including the phasing and review of research initiatives, with DEA offices and programs, other divisions within the Institute, and NIH Office of the Director.
  • Serves as the NIAID coordinator and liaison for the NIH Guide Publication System, including the Early Notification System.
  • Performs a full range of activities necessary for final scientific and programmatic review of all initiatives by the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Disease Council and coordinates scientific and programmatic presentations, presentation and disposition of appeals and other subcommittee activities of the Council.
  • Coordinates within DEA and NIAID program divisions to prepare for the final review of grant applications by the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Disease Council.

Learn more about the rest of DEA at About DEA and see a list of Division of Extramural Activities Contacts.

Last Updated November 20, 2012

Last Reviewed November 20, 2012