This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to provide executive leadership for comprehensive end-to-end electronic research administration (eRA) which is the IT Enterprise System that supports all NIH grants business, as well as numerous DHHS agency partners, other Federal agencies and the extramural grantee community. The NIH extramural research program is the largest single source of funding for biomedical and behavioral research in the US, over 80% of the $30.9 billion NIH budget. Research grants and cooperative agreements under this program currently total over 50,000 and support over 300,000 extramural scientists and research personnel at more than 3,000 institutions, domestic and foreign.
The stakeholder scope of this position encompasses the global biomedical research community, the complex governance structures within NIH, the detailed aspects of grants processing procedures within the ICs and grantee organizations, the NIH business system managers, and managers within the DHHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and agencies that utilize the eRA systems. eRA comprises two main IT interfaces for grants administration: IMPAC II, the internal system used by NIH and other Federal staff; and eRA Commons, the external, secure, web-based NIH system available to the grantee community.
The eRA Program Manager has lead responsibility for the integration of other DHHS OPDIVs and Grants.gov
into the eRA grants processing system. Grants.gov
, for which DHHS is the managing partner, is the central Federal electronic interface that allows organizations to electronically locate and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. He/she also provides policy development/guidance and program direction, and exercises Departmental authority over the eRA system at the Agency and Departmental levels. As one of the Presidents Management Agenda electronic government (e-Gov) initiatives, Grants.gov
is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. eRAs systems are the largest of four grant processing systems within the Federal government and eRA is designated as a DHHS Center of Excellence.
He/she provides leadership and oversight in eRAs electronic capture, management, and protection of research grant-related data, maintaining the integrity of databases for use as appropriate by NIH and extramural communities through improved IT processes. He/she promotes the use of innovative technologies to ensure eRA data and records are accurate, secure, properly managed and readily accessible. He/She manages user expectations and perceptions, and is responsible for instituting a culture that can accept evolutionary change and enhancements in the eRA research administration system.
He/She manages a budget of approximately $34 million and oversees a staff of 69 FTEs and approximately 175 contractors. He/she exercises executive leadership to manage and ensure that all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of workforce diversity; particularly, sensitivity to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences and perspectives and how they enhance an organizations effectiveness; and adherence to merit and ethics standards, concepts, and principles.