Office of the Director, NIH
The NIH is comprised of the Office of the Director
and 27 Institutes and Centers. The Office of the Director is the central
office at NIH. The OD is responsible for setting policy for NIH and for
planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all
the NIH components.
The NIH Director provides overall leadership to NIH
activities in both scientific and administrative matters. Although each
institute within the NIH has a separate mission, the NIH Director plays
an active role in shaping the agency's research agenda and outlook. With
a unique and critical perspective on the mission of the entire NIH, the
Director is responsible for providing leadership to the institutes for
identifying needs and opportunities, especially for efforts that involve
several institutes. The NIH Director is assisted by the Principal Deputy
Director, who shares in the overall direction of the agency's activities.
In carrying out these responsibilities, the NIH Director
stays informed about program priorities and accomplishments through regular
staff meetings, discussions, and briefing sessions with OD and institute
staff. The Director also receives input from:
Ongoing discussions with these groups and others
provides the basis for an established framework within which priorities
for the agency are identified, reviewed, and justified.
- the extramural scientific community, including both
individual researchers and scientific organizations
- patient advocacy and voluntary health groups that
deal directly with NIH or indirectly through Congress and the media
- the Congress, the Administration, and the Director's
Council of Public Representatives, which brings public views to NIH.
The NIH Director has identified Areas of Research Emphasis,
which are broad categories of NIH-sponsored research that show potential
for future benefits. The institutes are encouraged to develop new initiatives
within the Areas of Research Emphasis. The Areas of Research Emphasis
for 2001 are: Genomics and Genetic Medicine, Clinical Research, Infrastructure
and Enabling Technologies, and Eliminating Health Disparities.
Program offices in the Office of the Director are responsible
for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH and for planning
and supporting research and related activities. Current program areas
are: women's health, AIDS research, disease prevention, and behavioral
and social sciences research. Program offices within the Office of the
Director fund research through the institutes.
The NIH Director is assisted by executive and administrative
staff. The following describes the major staff offices in the Office of
The Office of Extramural Research (OER)
On behalf of the NIH Director, the Office of Extramural Research provides
guidance to institutes in research and training programs conducted through
extramural (grant, contract, cooperative agreement) programs.
The Office of Intramural Research (OIR)
On behalf of the NIH Director, the Office of Intramural Research coordinates
research conducted directly by NIH personnel through intramural programs.
The Office of Administration (OA)
The Office of Administration advises the NIH Director and staff on administration
and management; develops and implements policies; and provides oversight
in the areas of information resources management, management assessment,
grant administration and contract management, procurement, and logistics.
The Office of AIDS Research (OAR)
The Office of AIDS Research formulates scientific policy for, and recommends
allocation of research resources for AIDS research at NIH.
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research advises the NIH
Director and other key officials on matters relating to research on the
role of human behaviors in the development of health, prevention of disease,
and therapeutic intervention.
The Office of Communications and Public Liaison
The Office of Communications and Public Liaison advises the Director and
communicates information about NIH policies, programs, and research results
to the general public.
The Office of Community Liaison (OCL)
The Office of Community Liaison advises the Director, plans, directs and
oversees activities to promote collaboration between NIH and its community,
and ensures effective communication on policy and programs involving the
The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
The Office of Disease Prevention coordinates NIH activities regarding
the application of research to disease prevention, nutrition and medical
The Office of Education (OE)
The Office of Education provides a comprehensive guide to postdoctoral
training opportunities available at the NIH.
The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
The Office of Equal Opportunity advises the Director and NIH staff on
matters related to equal employment opportunity programs and policies.
The Office of Financial Management (OFM)
The Office of Financial Management advises the NIH Director and staff
and provides leadership and direction for NIH financial management activities;
develops policies and instructions for budget preparation and presentation;
administers allocation of funds; and manages a system of fund and budgetary
The Office of Human Resource Management (OHRM)
The Office of Human Resource Management advises the NIH Director and staff
on human resource management; directs central human resource management
services; and provides NIH leadership and planning on human resource program
The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) serves as a focal point
for women's health research at the NIH. The ORWH promotes, stimulates,
and supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical
and behavioral research. ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes
and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific
framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.
The Office of Research Services (ORS)
The Office of Research Services has the overall responsibility for managing
and providing technical and administrative services to all components
of NIH in support of the research mission, including engineering services,
safety, space and facility management, support services, and security
The Office of Science Policy (OSP)
The Office of Science Policy advises the NIH Director on science policy
issues affecting the medical research community; participates in the development
of new policy and program initiatives; monitors and coordinates agency
planning and evaluation activities; plans and implements a comprehensive
science education program; and develops and implements NIH policies and
procedures for the safe conduct of recombinant DNA activities.
The Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (OLPA)
The Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis serves as the principal
legislative policy, analysis and development office for the Director,
NIH, and other senior NIH staff; develops legislative policy and proposals;
and provides analysis and liaison with the Congress, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, and other Federal agencies on issues affecting
NIH programs and activities.
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
The Office of Technology Transfer has been designated as the lead Public
Health Service (PHS) agency for technology transfer activities. The office
is responsible for the central development and implementation of technology
transfer policies and procedures for the three major research components
of the PHS the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).