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What's a Standard Operating Procedure?

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NIAID's standard operating procedures (SOP) spell out roles and actions for initiatives, grants, contracts, review, and Council activities for the following purposes:

  • Define roles for key extramural functions and provide the tools needed to do the job.
  • Build and make explicit our knowledge base for staff and the extramural community.
  • Codify procedures and practices through a continuing dialogue with all parties involved.

SOPs briefly describe a topic's purpose, give staff contact information, and provide procedures to follow, usually including staff and investigator roles. Focusing on steps to accomplish a task, SOPs give links to more detailed background information on policy and regulations.

Navigating the SOPs

Our SOPs often do not define or spell out well-known NIH terms or acronyms.

Structure of an SOP

Here's what you will see in each SOP section.

      

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Title of

Purpose

Defines the purpose of the activity.

Procedure

Describes procedures for staff and investigators, giving background and roles.

Contacts

Gives staff contact information for the function.

Links

Lists intranet and Internet sites and other documents that provide background on the topic.

Dates—shows the last time the SOP was updated for content and reviewed for content.

If you have any questions about SOPs, please email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov.

 

Last Updated July 17, 2013

Last Reviewed July 17, 2013