National Cancer Institute
Office of Grants Administration (OGA)



 
Organization

The NCI is a component of the NIH, one of eight agencies comprising the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The NCI was created by the U.S. Congress as the principal agency of the Government to conduct and support research in cancer.  Specifically, the NCI plans, directs, conducts, and coordinates a national research program on the detection, diagnosis, cause, prevention, and treatment of cancer.  Two of several types of funding mechanisms used by NCI to provide financial assistance in support of research activities are through grants and cooperative agreements awarded to scientific institutions and individuals.

Office of Grants Administration (OGA) management responsibilities are complex and critical to NCI’s success in meeting the 2015 goal to end death and suffering due to cancer. The OGA interprets and develops financial assistance policy and serves as the focal point for all business related activities associated with the negotiation, award, and administration of grants and cooperative agreements within the NCI. The OGA plans and directs the business management activities of the National Cancer Institute in research grant programs in cancer prevention, treatment, diagnosis, biology, cancer control, and population sciences, cancer centers, training, and resources programs. The organizational structure of the OGA consists of the Director's Office, four Grant Branches and the Grants Operation Branch.

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director is responsible for providing branch leadership and direction and oversight of the operation of the branch. The Office of Grants Administration, National Cancer Institute processes over 10,000 grant related actions annually that resulted in approximately $3.2 billion in FY 2005 grant awards. Specific responsibilities of the Office of the Director include: 
  • Monitoring the financial assistance process to ensure that all required business management actions are performed by the awardee and the government in a timely manner both before and after award.
  • Evaluating and monitoring the business management capability and performance of applicant organizations and awardees as well as internal operating procedures associated with the business management aspects of the financial assistance process.
  • Interpreting and developing financial assistance policy.
     

Grants Operations Branch

The Grants Operations Branch (GOB) provides staff assistance and coordination in management planning, policy development and implementation of Department and NIH policies and regulations. GOB conducts studies and analyses of Office management functions, operating policies and personnel requirements and functions. In addition, GOB develops and provides data for grant review, award and workload status for administrative and management use, and develops management reports. Additional services include:

  • Designs and conducts various types of audits of financial assistance awards for compliance with regulations and for internal control monitoring.

  • Manages overall administrative activities, including budget, personnel, procurement, space management, communications and property accountability.

  • Coordinates the Office ADP plan.

  • Develops and monitors internal control systems for financial assistance awards.

  • Provides responses to Freedom of Information and Privacy Act inquiries

  • Prepares and distributes financial assistance awards.

  • Controls and maintains financial assistance files for the Institute.
     

Cancer Prevention and Centers, Training and Resources Grants Branch

The Cancer Prevention and Centers, Training and Resources Grants Branch (CPCTRGB) monitors the financial assistance process for research grant and cooperative agreements for programs of extramural cancer prevention and control, radiation research, research training and health professional education, cancer centers and resources, including the following cancer programs:  Basic Prevention Science, Breast and Gynecologic Cancer, Cancer Biomarkers, Chemopreventive Agent Development, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials, Early Detection, Gastrointestinal and Other Cancers, Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Cancer, Nutritional Science, and Prostate and Urologic Cancer. The CPCTRGB also reviews programmatic guidelines, Requests For Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs), and funding plans developed by program staff. Additional services include:

  • Participates in developing funding plans for special programs.

  • Reviews all financial assistance applications, financial status reports, and other pertinent documents to insure awardee compliance with established administrative and financial policies and procedures and sound business practices.

  • Negotiates and makes grant and cooperative agreement awards.

  • Manages the business aspects of grants and cooperative agreements and assists program directors with interpreting policies.

  • Reviews grantee organizations to ensure that they have the necessary fiscal and administrative capabilities to handle Federal funds properly

  • Interprets and develops financial assistance policy.


Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis Grants Branch

The Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis Grants Branch (CTDGB) monitors the financial assistance process for research grant and cooperative agreements for a program of extramural preclinical and clinical cancer diagnosis and treatment research including the following cancer programs:  AIDS Cancers, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Biological Response Modifiers, Cancer and Nutrition, Clinical Oncology, Clinical Trials, Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostics Research Imaging Technology Development, Molecular Imaging, Radiotherapy Development, Surgical Oncology, and Technology Development. CTDGB also reviews programmatic guidelines, Requests For Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs), and funding plans developed by program staff. Additional services include:

  • Participates in developing funding plans for special programs.

  • Reviews all financial assistance applications, financial status reports, and other pertinent documents to insure awardee compliance with established administrative and financial policies and procedures and sound business practices.

  • Negotiates and makes grant and cooperative agreement awards.

  • Manages the business aspects of grants and cooperative agreements and assists program directors with interpreting policies

  • Reviews grantee organizations to ensure that they have the necessary fiscal and administrative capabilities to handle Federal funds properly.

  • Interprets and develops financial assistance policy.


Cancer Biology Grants Branch

The Cancer Biology Grants Branch (CBGB) monitors the financial assistance process for research grant and cooperative agreements for a program of extramural basic and applied research on cancer cell biology and cancer immunology including the following cancer programs: Biological Carcinogenesis, Cancer Cell Biology, Cancer Cell Immunology, Hematology, Oncology, Chemical and Physical Carcinogens, Mouse Models of Human Cancers, Radiation Effects, Tumor Biology and Metastasis. CBGB reviews programmatic guidelines, Requests For Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs), and funding plans developed by program staff. Additional services include:

  • Participates in developing funding plans for special programs.
  • Reviews all financial assistance applications, financial status reports, and other pertinent documents to insure awardee compliance with established administrative and financial policies and procedures and sound business practices.
  • Negotiates and makes grant and cooperative agreement awards.
  • Manages the business aspects of grants and cooperative agreements and assists program directors with interpreting policies.
  • Reviews grantee organizations to ensure that they have the necessary fiscal and administrative capabilities to handle Federal funds properly.
  • Interprets and develops financial assistance policy.

Cancer Control and Population Sciences Grants Branch

The Cancer Control and Population Sciences Grants Branch (CCPSGB) monitors the financial assistance process for research grant and cooperative agreements for a program of extramural basic and applied research on cancer control, population sciences, and cancer epidemiology and genetics including the following cancer programs:  Applied Research, Behavioral Research, Cancer Surveillance Research, Cancer Survivorship, and Epidemiology and Genetics Research. CCPSGB also reviews programmatic guidelines, Requests For Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs), and funding plans developed by program staff. Additional services include:

  • Participates in developing funding plans for special programs.
  • Reviews all financial assistance applications, financial status reports, and other pertinent documents to insure awardee compliance with established administrative and financial policies and procedures and sound business practices.
  • Negotiates and makes grant and cooperative agreement awards.
  • Manages the business aspects of grants and cooperative agreements and assists program directors with interpreting policies.
  • Reviews grantee organizations to ensure that they have the necessary fiscal and administrative capabilities to handle Federal funds properly.
  • Interprets and develops financial assistance policy.