The DER provides funding and training support to some of the best scientific minds around the world.
Division of Extramural Research (DER) Organization Chart
The DER develops, implements, and coordinates cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research activities within the NICHD's mission, including efforts that focus on: demography, social sciences, and population dynamics; male and female fertility and infertility; developing and evaluating contraceptive methods; improving the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; and childhood injury and critical illness.
The DER also coordinates Institute research and training grant programs and advises the NICHD Director on extramural research and training policies and activities. The Division relies on its staff to represent the Institute on various trans-NIH and other collaborative workgroups and committees, to liaise with members of the Institute's federal advisory committees and boards, and to lead implementation of extramural policies and procedures for the NICHD.
The Division also performs grants management and scientific review functions, including conducting initial scientific merit review of grant applications and contract proposals for the NICHD. With a focus on scientific expertise, the DER also develops and supports extramural staff training while enhancing communication about standardized procedures, policies, methods, and approaches across the Institute.
The DER combines the functions of and Branches within the former Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Research, Center for Population Research, and Center for Research for Mothers and Children.
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