OEP provides leadership in all aspects of extramural research and serves as an authoritative source of policy guidance, interpretation, and dissemination for NICHD and the scientific community.
The office coordinates and shares information on grant-related issues, conducts application referral activities, evaluates special and other actions, and coordinates advisory council review of applications and research concepts. Because OEP coordinates development of funding opportunities, it also consults with the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) and the NIH Guide to Grants and Funding.
The office also coordinates training, fellowship, and career development award programs for NICHD, including collaborating with OER in the development of NIH-wide training policies, and managing administrative review of requests. OEP also develops, implements, and manages the extramural staff training program for NICHD.