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Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)


OPERA provides leadership and oversight in grants management policy and compliance, intellectual property, and OMB clearances to the extramural research community and NIH extramural staff through policy development, expert guidance, analysis, outreach, and related information dissemination in order to promote effective stewardship of NIH extramural funds in support of health research.

Major Responsibilities:

Director: Michelle Bulls 


Project Clearance Branch

The Project Clearance Branch is the NIH control point for the Office of Management and Budget clearance functions concerning public information collection activities.

Division of Grants Policy 

The Division of Grants Policy (DGP) implements new NIH and Federal-wide initiatives, maintains NIH policy source documents such as the Grants Policy Statement, and provides leadership and support to address emerging issues associated with grants policy, electronic research administration, and grants management.

Division of Central Grants Processing (DCGP)

The Division of Central Grants Processing is a central coordination and receipt location for documents submitted from grantees or principal investigators. The center provides closeout of grants and cooperative agreements for the OD and 24 NIH ICs that make awards.

Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight 

The Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight (DGCO) is the focal point to advance external compliance with policy and legislative mandates and enhance compliance oversight by recipient institutions. The DGCO also ensures and evaluates the efficient and effective management of extramural resources.

Division of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources 

The Division of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources (DEITR) works under the auspices of OPERA to develop, implement, and monitor extramural intellectual property policies and invention reporting under the Bayh-Dole Act. The Division also promotes the proper utilization of NIH-funded patents and inventions in extramural programs, and facilitates the distribution and sharing of research resources.

Systems Policy Branch 

The Systems Policy Branch (SPB) serves as the liaison between OPERA and system owners at NIH and across the Federal government. SPB provides leadership and support to implement policies and compliance initiatives in NIH electronic systems. 

Contact Us:

Direct OPERA phone line: 301-435-0949

Division of Grants Policy
Division of Grants Compliance
Division of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources 
Systems Policy Branch
Project Clearance Branch


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