The Contracts Review Branch, OEA, managed the following reviews of proposals:
In addition, the Contracts Review Branch is currently planning and managing the reviews of an additional thirteen Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract projects. These reviews are expected to be completed by March, 2001.
Staff Training and Policy Development
The OEA Symposium Series met monthly to provide a forum for staff exchange of ideas and training related to extramural administration. In September, Mr. Robert Walsh, Division of Treatment Research and Development, NIDA, presented "The Emerging Role of Data and Safety Monitoring Boards." October's session was devoted to topics raised by the participants, followed by a case study on conference grants. Ms. Michelle Muth, Office of Science Policy and Communications, NIDA, led a discussion in November of NIDA's efforts to disseminate the results of its research. The final session of the year was an update on policy and procedure changes at NIH. Dr. William C. Grace, Deputy Director, OEA, coordinates the symposium series.
OEA hosted a seminar, "The NIH Freedom of Information Office," in October. Ms. Susan Cornell, NIH Freedom of Information Officer, and Ms. Connie Caldwell, NIH Freedom of Information Act Specialist, discussed the Freedom of Information Act and recent revisions to Office of Management and Budget Circular A110.
OEA coordinated an internal working group that developed policies for distributing e-mail to large numbers of non-Federal recipients. This group will continue to work with staff to ensure coordination of large distributions.
A training session for consumer representatives serving as reviewers of NIDA grant applications was held on January 25, 2000. Dr. Mark Green, Chief, Clinical, Epidemiological, and Applied Sciences Review Branch, OEA, organized the training with assistance from Ms. Lana Le, Grants Technical Assistant, OEA.
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