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Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

OPERA Organizational Chart


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


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:Seleda Perryman
Staff: Mikia Currie, Program Analyst

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: Marcia Hahn

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

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: J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., M.A.L.S. (Director & Policy Officer)

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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