Office of Extramural Programs (OEP)

OEP Organizational Chart (PDF)


OEP provides leadership and expertise in science program management, including program and policy development, interpretation, coordination, oversight, evaluation, training and outreach, for the extramural research community and NIH extramural staff, to promote the highest quality and sustained capability of research and training programs in order to improve public health.

Major Responsibilities:
Senior Leadership:

Director: Sherry Mills, MD, MPH
Special Assistant: Paula Goodwin, PhD
Contact: Sarah Shane - Executive Assistant


Division of Loan Repayment (DLR)

Administers all aspects of the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) for scientists conducting nonprofit research outside of NIH, and supports application and payment activities for the NIH Intramural Loan Repayment Programs for NIH employee researchers.

Director: Ericka Boone, PhD

LRP Information Center:
Phone: 866-849-4047 and

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Payback Service Center

Implements NIH-wide service agreements and administers payback requirements for National Research Service Awards.

Division of Scientific Programs (DScP)

Provides leadership, expertise, coordination, and oversight for NIH policies related to peer review, the protection of human research participants in NIH supported grants, and the promulgation of a vibrant pipeline of biomedical researchers.

Director: (Vacant)
Contact: Vacant - Secretary

Division of Special Programs (DSpP)

Provides scientific program management and oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program, and Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13/U13). Ensures that NIH extramural staff are trained to meet the ever-changing demands of their job. Communicates funding opportunities and critical information concerning NIH's programs, policies, and procedures to the biomedical research training community through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

Director: Matthew Portnoy, PhD - SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator


Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW)

Provides ongoing analysis of the biomedical research workforce and evaluation of NIH policies to enable NIH to sustain and grow the biomedical research workforce at all levels to assure the most productive biomedical research endeavor and most effective use of taxpayer dollars.  Provides leadership and expertise on program and policy aspects of research training and research career development.  Oversees the implementation of and adherence to the NIH diversity policy for extramural programs. Visit the Training and Career Development Website Link to External Site.

DirectorKay Lund, PhD

Contact: Kristen Kirkham - Program Specialist



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