Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

OPERA Organizational Chart (pdf)

Mission

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:

Senior Leadership:

Director: Michelle Bulls 
Deputy DirectorKristin Ta 
Grants Management Specialist: Shellie Wilburn
Administrative Assistant: Artisa Brown
Senior Advisor:  Cheryl Kitt

Offices/Divisions:

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.

Chief: Mikia Currie
Staff:

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.

Director: Samuel Ashe
Staff:

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.

Director: 
Samuel Ashe
Staff:


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.

Director: Diane Dean 
Staff:

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.

Director: Ann Hammersla
Staff: 

Contact Us:

Direct OPERA phone line: 301-435-0949

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

 

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