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The Office of Research Resources (ORR)

NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports a range of data infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world. Both to promote replicability of scientific research and to ensure the most cost-effective use of data resources, while safeguarding confidentiality of identifiable data, NIA requires large projects to have approved resource sharing plans. The Office of Research Resources (ORR) facilitates these activities, in service to the division, NIA at-large, and the research community. Major ORR responsibilities include:

  • Participating in NIH-wide data initiatives and harmonization discussions.
  • Coordinating BSR implementation of NIH Data Sharing policies, and ensuring that BSR Program Officers are up-to-date on best practices.
  • Advising data archive and harmonization grants and agreements.
  • Facilitating participation by BSR grantees in the NIA-wide Biorepository.
  • Informing NIA staff, applicants, and grantees about best practices in protecting the security and confidentiality of data on human subjects, including housing a library of consents for large survey studies, tracking costs through grant funds, and storing information on topics and questions covered by relevant studies (e.g., biomarkers, CMS data files).
  • Managing all aspects of data access by BSR grantees to Medicare and Medicaid data, including purchasing CMS data through active grants, use of the virtual research data center (VRDC), and contracts for linkage of NIA data resources with CMS data.
  • Disseminating Information on how to obtain CMS data for your research.
  • Coordinating BSR efforts to develop and promote data infrastructure for aging research and reporting periodically on responsiveness to advisory committee recommendations, expenditure and data usage trends, gaps in the BSR portfolio, as well as the scientific impact of BSR data projects to senior leadership and the overall research community.
  • Advising NIA leadership on new developments in data analysis, linakge and sharing methods, supporting the NIA mission.

Program Contacts:

Program Director: Partha Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.

Health Specialist: Prisca N. Fall, M.A.