As the Director of the Office or Research Information Systems, I am responsible for the management of the NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) program, the NIH Research Condition and Disease Categorization program, and the NIH Office of Data Quality.
eRA provides critical IT infrastructure to manage over $30 billion in research and non-research grants awarded annually by NIH and other grantor agencies in support of the collective mission of improving human health. eRA systems, including eRA Commons, ASSIST and IMPAC II modules, support the full grants life cycle and are used by applicants and grantees worldwide as well as federal staff at the NIH, AHRQ, the CDC, FDA, SAMHSA, and VA.
The Research, Condition and Disease Categorization (RCDC) Program was implemented in FY2008, as required by the NIH Reform Act of 2006. The RCDC Program combines an automated text mining system with a supporting scientific infrastructure and processes to produce consistent, NIH-wide indexing and categorization for all extramural grants, intramural research projects, research and development contracts and inter/intra-agency agreements. RCDC produces 265 public categories used by Congress, the Executive Branch and the public, plus another 84 internal categories used for other NIH reporting.
The Office of Data Quality is responsible for maintaining the data of the millions of grant, contract and intramural records in the NIH IMPACII system and the disambiguation of the people entered into the system to ensure that there is only one profile for a specific person. Recent efforts have focused on the implementation of automated checks to prevent the entry of "bad" data.
These offices include approximate 80 federal staff and 200 contract staff.