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About the Division of Extramural Activities & Staff Listing

The Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) manages the policies and procedures for NIA research grants, small business initiatives, career development awards, and training programs. The division is responsible for scientific review, committee management, and the administration of grants and contracts.

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  • Office of the Director
    • Key Functions:
      • Manages the National Advisory Council on Aging.
      • Refers applications to scientific divisions.
      • Resolves human subjects issues before award.
      • Develops new initiatives and special projects.
      • Resolves ethical issues related to research misconduct.
  • Scientific Review Branch
    • Key Functions:
      • Conducts peer review of research grant applications and contract proposals assigned to the NIA.
      • Recruits peer reviewers to provide expert advice on the scientific and technical merit of applications.
      • Manages Chartered Review Committees and Special Emphasis Panels.
  • Grants & Contracts Management Branch
    • Key Functions:
      • Negotiates and issues all NIA grant awards.
      • Provides fiscal and administrative management of extramural grants and contracts.
      • Works with scientists and institutional research administrators when ready to close out awards.
  • Office of Strategic Extramural Programs
    • Key Functions:
      • Oversees all small business initiatives.
      • Leads programs for training and career development.
      • Manages NIA’s Diversity Supplements program.
  • Office of Clinical Research
    • Key Functions:
      • Monitor and evaluate NIA’s extramural clinical research portfolio.
      • Coordinate contracts that support NIA’s clinical research operations.
      • Support NIA-funded grantees in clinical research activities.

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