Office of Extramural Research (OER) Web Site

OER and You:
An Introduction to Extramural Research at NIH

The OER: Where grants policy is a priority.

Picture of Dr. Sally Rockey                      

Your work—our work—is important in advancing biomedical research, and it all begins with your ideas and your application. Today‚Äôs 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
Acting NIH Deputy Director Extramural Research
Acting Director, Office of Extramural Research


Extramural Research at a Glance
  • Extramural grants account for approximately 84 percent of NIH's $29 billion budget. These are awarded to investigators throughout the U.S. and abroad. Approximately 10 percent of the NIH budget supports NIH intramural investigators, NIH staff who conduct research. 
  • OER supports extramural research by providing policy and guidance to the 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that award grants.
  • OER serves as a vital interface between the NIH and the biomedical research community by guiding investigators through the process of attaining grants funding and helping them understand and navigate through federal policies and procedures.

The graphic below illustrates OER's many responsibilities and initiatives:

NIH/OER Nexus Logo with responsibilities and initiatives


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