About ORIP

Welcome to the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is dedicated to supporting research infrastructure and research-related resources programs, and coordinating NIH’s science education efforts. Collectively, ORIP's programs support researchers with resources and research-related resources they need to improve human health.

Mission Statement

ORIP advances the NIH mission by supporting research infrastructure and research-related resource programs and by coordinating NIH’s science education efforts. Specifically:

ORIP’s Strategic Plan supports the PDF fileNIH-Wide Strategic Plan(8.39 MB) by funding the “scientific human and physical resources that will help to ensure the Nation’s capability to prevent disease.”

ORIP awards grants to support research resources, such as animal models of human disease and state-of-the-art biomedical instrumentation.

ORIP plans, organizes, and conducts workshops, both independently and in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers, to identify and pursue scientific opportunities.

ORIP supports research-training opportunities for veterinary scientists to capitalize on their distinct perspective and expertise based in a deep understanding of comparative medicine and insight into animal models of human diseases.

ORIP supports strategies that bring high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities to P–12 students, with an emphasis on underserved communities and the goal of diversifying the next generation of biomedical scientists.

ORIP Director

 Dr. Franziska B. Grieder, DVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Franziska B. Grieder, DVM, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, in the office of the NIH Director. ORIP supports the intellectual, physical, and human infrastructure that advances biomedical research at NIH. ORIP is also responsible for coordinating NIH’s science education efforts. ORIP consists of three functional units: the Division of Comparative Medicine; the Division of Construction and Instruments; and the Office of Science Education. Dr. Grieder was appointed ORIP director in January of 2013.

Dr. Grieder attended veterinary school at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in viral pathogenesis from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to coming to the NIH, Dr. Grieder was a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Molecular/Cell Biology and Neuroscience in the School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Grieder’s research focused on viral pathogenesis using mouse models to investigate neuroimmune mechanisms.

Dr. Grieder joined the NIH in 2000 as a program official in the Division of Comparative Medicine, which was located in the former National Center for Research Resources. She was appointed director of the division in 2004, with responsibilities that include the management and oversight of the eight national primate research centers, primate breeding and resource-related projects, development of mammalian and non-mammalian animal model resources, pre- and post-doctoral training for veterinarians, and a variety of research projects.