How We Support Principal Investigators
DCCPS Program Directors and Project Officers are recognized scientific experts who exercise oversight and monitor the scientific progress and programmatic aspects of grants, cooperative agreements, and research contracts. They participate in the decision-making process that identifies research goals and objectives, and recommend action for resource allocation. Program Directors and Project Officers collaborate and maintain effective liaisons with scientists in their program area and monitor technologic, scientific, and policy developments in order to consider future research priorities.
Program Directors and Project Officers are an important resource to grant applicants. They encourage the submission of quality applications that will be competitive for funding by helping applicants understand the available options for NIH support. Program Directors and Project Officers are dedicated to ensuring that grants and contracts are fully implemented and evaluated. They review progress reports to determine whether sufficient progress is being made. They also encourage investigators to publish and disseminate research results, and to present relevant papers at national and international scientific meetings.
Grant Process Overview
- PI initiates research idea and prepares application
- PI submits application
- NIH Center for Scientific Review assigns to NCI and to study section
- Initial Review Group (NCI or CSR) evaluates for scientific merit
- National Cancer Advisory Board recommends action
- NCI evaluates program relevance and need
- NCI makes funding selections and issues grant awards
- NCI monitors programmatic and management business performance of the grant
- PI manages funds
- PI conducts research