Division for Research Capacity Building Program Officer (Health Scientist Administrator)

We’re seeking a highly qualified Program Officer for our Division for Research Capacity Building (DRCB)​ who will be responsible for the management of grants that support research and provide resources for research infrastructure enhancement and capacity building in the basic, translational and clinical biomedical sciences. The chosen candidates will manage IDeA​ and/or SuRE programs and may contribute to other programmatic activities as opportunities and needs emerge - see the DRCB website for information on all of our programs.

IDeA (Institutional Development Award) is a congressionally mandated suite of programs to build research capacity in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding. It supports competitive basic, clinical, and translational research, faculty development, and infrastructure improvements in all scientific areas supported by the NIH. Program officers are actively involved in pre-application consultations and the coordination of post-award activities funded through the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), the IDeA Networks for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR), and the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) programs. Support for both basic and clinical programs is expected to increase over the next few years.

The SuRE program supports research and capacity building for faculty at institutions that enroll significant numbers of students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research), award baccalaureate and/or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and receive limited NIH Research Project Grant funding.

Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Individuals with a background in clinical and/or translational, behavioral, epidemiological, community engagement, health disparities, and public health research are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with human subjects and clinical trials is a plus. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest that describe their specific interests in DRCB-managed programs and highlights experience that fits well with our programs to Michele McGuirl and Krishan Arora.

More information?

Read about the DRCB's scientific areas​.

This position will be advertised through NIH’s Global Recruitment for Health Scientists Administrators (HSA). The NIGMS Tip Sheet [PDF] on applications for global recruitments may be helpful.


Contact Ayanna Vest for questions about the NIH Global Recruitment process.

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