Description of the New NHGRI Organization

National Human Genome Research Institute

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Description of the New NHGRI Organization

Current NHGRI Organization

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The current organization of NHGRI has three principal components: The Office of the Director, which includes several functional offices, the Division of Extramural Research and the Division of Intramural Research.

The Office of the Director oversees all activities within the Institute, including the two research divisions. The Office of the Director also includes several offices that carry out functional responsibilities on behalf of the Institute, including:


The Division of Extramural Research (DER) played a key leadership role in the Human Genome Project and continues to provide intellectual vision to the field of genomics. DER currently comprises a single organization with numerous functions, from announcing funding opportunities to organizing collaborative agreements between Institute program managers and research organizations to conducting peer review management and issuing grants. DER also manages the meetings of NHGRI's National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) conducts scientific studies in NHGRI's labs on and around the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1993, DIR comprises seven branches focused on specific areas of genomics research and includes roughly 50 investigators and hundreds of postdoctoral fellows and other trainees, as well as technical and scientific staff. DIR leadership is guided by an external Board of Scientific Counselors and maintains managerial responsibility for several affiliated centers, including the Center for Inherited Disease Research, the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health and the National Institutes of Health Intramural Sequencing Center.

New NHGRI Organization

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The reorganization of NHGRI would involve the establishment of six new divisions. Four of the new divisions will constitute NHGRI's Extramural Research Program:

In addition, two current NHGRI offices within the Office of the Director will be converted into divisions:

The existing Division of Intramural Research will remain a division, with minor modifications to its internal organization.

Learn more about the proposed reorganization at Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: September 10, 2012