Program Officers SOP

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


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


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 Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists.

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

Applicants and Principal Investigators

Contact a program officer to do the following:

For more, see Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists

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 and the NIAID Cooperative Agreements Staff Portal. For more about how staff interact in a peer review context, read 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 Program Officers Training Requirements.


To find an NIAID program officer, see Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists.

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Content last reviewed on April 26, 2016