National Institutes of Health

OER and You: An Introduction to Extramural Research at NIH

The OER: Where grants policy is a priority.

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Your work—our work—is important in advancing biomedical research, and it all begins with your ideas and your application. Today’s ideas are the root of tomorrow’s groundbreaking medical discoveries.

The funding of your application depends on a rigorous system of peer review. Scientists, physicians, and other experienced individuals in biomedical fields from around the world evaluate the merit of proposed research and its potential to advance science.

What is OER’s role? We provide the leadership, oversight, tools and guidance needed to administer and manage NIH grants policies and operations. Our resources can offer you vital assistance in applying for funding, the first step in reaching your research goals. I encourage you to contact our office or email me directly anytime.

Whatever your role—researcher, reviewer, mentor, administrator, or other—your contributions help advance science. In that sense, we are all collaborators in the noble mission of saving lives and improving health.

Sally Rockey, PhD
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research
Director, Office of Extramural Research

NIH uses activity codes (e.g. R01, R43, etc.) to differentiate the wide variety of research-related programs we support. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) may vary in the way they use activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs or they apply specialized eligibility criteria. Look closely at Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to determine which ICs participate and the specifics of eligibility.