The Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) serves as a critical resource for our Extramural Programs, responsible for the areas of overall administration and management, scientific review, grants management, and clinical research administration. As a partner in the NIAMS mission, we promote the quality and impact of scientific research by assuring compliance with NIH and NIAMS policies and procedures in a transparent, consistent, fair and ethical manner. Specifically, the DEA:

  • Provides leadership and advice in developing, implementing, and coordinating extramural programs and policies.
  • Represents the Institute on extramural program and policy issues within the NIH and the Department.
  • Provides scientific and technical peer review of applications for grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
  • Provides Guide liaison leadership and advice on publication of Funding Opportunity Announcements.
  • Maintains content of the NIAMS extramural website.
  • Provides operational management and support for the clinical research portfolio with an emphasis on safety monitoring and oversight for clinical trials.
  • Oversees the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council (NAMSAC) activities.
  • Awards grants, ensuring that applications chosen for funding comply with federal laws, regulations, and policies prior to award, which involves critical communication with the recipient institutions throughout the pre-award, award, and post-award processes.
Justine Buschman, M.S.
Health Specialist
Robin DiLiello
Senior Extramural Financial Analyst
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