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Division of Grants Policy


The Division of Grants Policy (DGP) within the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) develops, executes, and interprets NIH policies for administering financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) for the extramural research community. DGP also provides policy guidance for NIH extramural staff and provides leadership and support to address emerging issues and standardize grants administration practices within NIH.

Major Responsibilities

  • Administer NIH extramural grants administration policies to implement HHS and Federal-wide Initiatives, OMB Directives, and legislation.
  • Support the extramural research community and NIH extramural staff by providing interpretive policy guidance for resolving complex grants policy matters.  
  • Conduct educational outreach activities to increase awareness of new and existing NIH policies for NIH staff and the extramural research community.
  • Recommend updates to the NIH eRA Commons grants management system to incorporate changes to grants administration policies.
  • Support NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) in program development and expansion. 
  • Provide policy development support to ICs and other offices under the Office of the Director.

Key NIH Grant Policy Sources

DGP Staff

Xanthia James, Director


  • Adam Graham, Grants Policy Officer
  • Avery Tucker, Grants Policy Officer
  • Ashley Alexander, Grants Policy Officer
  • Carrie Mitchell, Grants Policy Officer

Important Policy Links

Contact Us

Please direct all policy inquiries to