Megan Columbus

Director, Division of Communications and Outreach; and

Program Manager for Electronic Receipt of Grant Applications

Division of Communications and Outreach (DCO)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

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As Communications Director, Ms. Megan Columbus is responsible for leading strategic planning and communication activities pertinent to the management of NIH’s extramural program. She enjoys connecting scientists and administrators to information and tools in support of their research programs, helping the broader public learn how NIH-supported research contributes to health advances, and supporting the ongoing dialog between NIH and the research community. Ms. Columbus’ office is responsible for the NIH Grants and Funding website, the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, the Extramural Nexus newsletter and “Open Mike” blog, eRA system communications, the Grants Info service desk, and a host of other resources.  She especially enjoys her outreach responsibilities, which includes putting on events like the NIH Regional Seminars.

As Program Manager for Electronic Applications, Ms. Columbus is responsible for ensuring that policy changes, technical development and business process changes move forward together to allow for the smooth submission of grant applications.


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