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Office of Research Training and Special Programs (ORTSP)

Key Functions

  • Provides the Director, Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), and senior staff within the NIAID scientific divisions with advice, program management, and guidance on matters pertaining to research training, which includes the participation of underrepresented minorities in research and training programs.
  • Serves as the focal point for establishing NIAID-wide goals for research training grants and fellowships intended for the development of new generations of scientists to conduct research in areas of interest to NIAID.
  • Administers NIAID diversity supplements.
  • Manages the following programs:
    • Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance.
    • Reentry Supplements.
    • NIAID Loan Repayment Program.
  • In conjunction with the DEA Director, scientific program officers, and senior NIH and NIAID staff, implements small business research programs and funding opportunities.
  • Leads NIAID small business outreach efforts and initiative development
  • Issues Certificates of Confidentiality to protect the privacy of participants in research studies
  • Participates in international extramural activities pertaining to:
    • Review of and assistance with NIAID international programs
    • Implementation of risk mitigation programs that train foreign health science administrators and scientists how to properly oversee and manage NIAID research awards
  • Provides expertise on international Select Agents and Toxins policies through activities with senior government officials within DHHS, Department of State, Department of Justice, NIH, and NIAID
  • Manages the NIAID foreign select agents and toxins laboratory biosafety review process.
  • Manages foreign organization financial system reviews, which helps foreign officials and researchers in low and middle income countries understand and build their capacity to manage NIH research funds.
  • With leaders at foreign institutions, develops best practices for complying with NIH funding policies.
  • Represents DEA on NIAID workgroups and committees, as well as trans-NIH advisory groups and committees responsible for reviewing or improving research training (domestic and foreign), science education, inclusion of diverse populations in research training and development, matters of health disparity, international partnerships and programs, small business research funding, select agents and toxins, and program leadership.

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

Last Updated April 22, 2013

Last Reviewed November 20, 2012