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Program Officers

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.

Purpose

To administer NIAID's scientific programs, oversee grant portfolios, set priorities for committing federal funds, and act as an advocate for a scientific area.

Procedure

Program officers, also called program officials and program administrators, are staff scientists who administer grant portfolios in the Institute's extramural program divisions: Division of AIDS, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation.

Each program officer is associated with one or more program class codes, which are scientific areas with assigned grants. See the Program Officers Listed by Program Class Code spreadsheet for a list.

To find an NIAID program officer, go to When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.

(For contracts, see the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) SOP.)

Applicants and Principal Investigators

For more, see When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer and our Finding Help and NIAID Staff Roles questions and answers.

Program Officers

  • Interact with the extramural grantee community to assess research needs and opportunities.
  • Provide scientific expertise to NIAID and other NIH components and federal agencies.
  • Develop research concepts, requests for applications, and program announcements.
  • Facilitate investigator-initiated research by advising investigators on funding opportunities and how to apply for support.
  • Administer scientific portfolios of grants and cooperative agreements from application receipt through assignment and peer review to selection for award and subsequent monitoring of performance.
  • Attend peer review meetings. See the Conflict of Interest in Peer Review SOP. For more about how staff interact in a peer review context, read Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Policy Manual Chapter 54514.
  • Protect the confidentiality of reviewer comments during meetings. Do not take notes that would identify reviewers, and do not discuss individual reviewer comments with investigators.
  • Work with scientific review officers and grants management staff as appropriate.
  • Uphold government regulations on the appropriate use of federal grant funds.
  • Take required in-house and NIH training. See our Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Extramural Staff Training Overview and Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Officer and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Training for more information.
  • Know how to useLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Extramural Systems and Tools
  • For an in-depth look at the program officer role, see Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Officer Responsibilities.

Contacts

To find an NIAID program officer, go to When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.

If you have knowledge to share or want more information on this topic, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

Links

IMPAC SOP

Grants Timeline for Fiscal Year

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Extramural Scientist Administrator training page

NIH Manual Chapters

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Leadership Committee

Last Updated August 11, 2014

Last Reviewed August 11, 2014