Division of Extramural Research Activities

The NHLBI Division of Extramural Research Activities (DERA) provides leadership and advice to the NHLBI Director on developing, implementing, and coordinating extramural research contract, grant, and training program policies. The Division also develops, implements, and coordinates cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary activities in the mission areas of the NHLBI. The activities of DERA affect all scientists who receive NHLBI research or training support, nationally and internationally.

Division Leadership

What We Do

Office of Committee Management

The Office of Committee Management (OCM) provides leadership, guidance, and resources to current and prospective committee members, the public, and those managing federal advisory committees at the NHLBI, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center (CC). The NHLBI OCM operates as a service center for the operational and administrative management, including ethics activities, of all NHLBI and client Institute Federal advisory committees that participate with the NHLBI Committee Management Service Center. It is also responsible for the administration of the NHLBI and client institute Scientific Review and Evaluation Activities (SREA) program, which provides the mechanism by which the members of the grant, cooperative agreement, and contract initial review committees are reimbursed. Lastly, the OCM Conference Management Team consults, plans, assists, and executes various types of meetings, symposia, workshops, and conferences.


Office of Extramural Policy and Training

The Office of Extramural Policy and Training (OEPT) promotes and supports effective and accountable leadership and stewardship of the Institute’s extramural research portfolio through the Initiative Development Process; generation of sound policies, procedures, and guidance; opportunities for training and enrichment of extramural staff; and the development and continuous evaluation of NHLBI’s extramural programs.


Office of Grants Management

The Office of Grants Management (OGM) manages all business-related activities associated with the negotiation, award, and administration of grants and cooperative agreements within the NHLBI. OGM works directly with the grantee business official, principal investigator, and NHLBI review, financial management, and program staff to manage the Institute's research portfolio and provide timely and accurate awards. OGM ensures that both federal staff and grantees fulfill applicable statutory, regulatory, and administrative policy requirements. The Chief Grants Management Officer serves as the principal grants official for the NHLBI and provides leadership to the extramural community on grants policy, regulations, and guidelines for the submission, funding, and oversight of research grants.


Office of Scientific Review

The NHLBI Office of Scientific Review is the focal point for Institute-conducted initial scientific merit review of applications to support program projects, multi-center clinical trials, training and career development programs, research centers, and large trans-NIH programs such as the Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects. The Office also provides technical merit review of research and development contract proposals. View the NHLBI Advisory and Peer Review Committee rosters.


Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination

The NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) helps to accelerate the transition of new discoveries into innovative biomedical products to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart, lung, and blood disorders. OTAC coordinates the NHLBI Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, as well as two translational research initiatives directed at advancing new technologies from the university to the marketplace: the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) and the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) programs. In addition, OTAC serves as a central point-of-contact for information about the NHLBI’s small business funding opportunities; facilitates alliances between the federal and private sector stakeholders; and offers resources and advisory services to support biomedical innovators.


Contact Division of Extramural Research Activities

Postal Mail

Division of Extramural Research Activities - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
One Rockledge Center
6705 Rockledge Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20892-7902
United States