About the Office of Extramural Research (OER) at NIH

Our Mission:  

OER provides the corporate framework for NIH research administration, ensuring scientific integrity, public accountability, and effective stewardship of the NIH extramural research portfolio.


The OER is an office within the NIH Office of the Director. OER supports the entire NIH extramural research community by providing policy, guidance, systems and other support to the recipient community as well as to the 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that award grants. OER serves as a vital interface for the biomedical research community by guiding investigators through the process of attaining grants funding and helping them understand and navigate through federal policies and procedures.

OER Offices and Divisions at a Glance (PDF)


Office of Extramural Research (OER) Michael Lauer, M.D., DirectorJodi Black, Deputy Director Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) Kay Lund, Director Office of Electronic Research Administration (eRA)Inna Faenson, Director Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare(OLAW)Patricia Brown, VMD, Director Office of Policy for Extramural ResearchAdministration (OPERA)Michelle Bulls, Director Office of Extramural Programs (OEP)Jodi Black, Acting Director Office of Research InformationSystems (ORIS)Rick Ikeda, Ph.D., Director Office of Administrative Operations(OAO)Mitzi Diley, Director Division of Communication and Outreach (DCO) Megan Columbus, Director