2.3 Organizational Structure and Management2.2 History | 2.4 Resources
As noted in chapter 1, RDRP is a newly-created matrix management structure that provides programmatic leadership for activities relevant to occupational respiratory diseases across all of NIOSH’s traditional organizational units. As seen in Figure 4, almost every Division within NIOSH conducts respiratory research and is therefore a component of RDRP.
Figure 4: NIOSH Organizational breakdown to the Division/Branch level, indicating those branches with RDRP membership
To provide leadership and coordination of respiratory diseases research across NIOSH, a Cross-Sector Steering Committee was established for RDRP this year. Members of this committee are drawn from all of the NIOSH divisions and laboratories, as well as from the NIOSH Office of the Director (Table 3). A key component of the steering committee is representation from the NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs, to assure communication and coordination between intramural and extramural efforts. The steering committee has been empowered to mold activities in respiratory diseases through its abilities to review and rank competitive intramural funding requests and through its access to the NIOSH Office of the Director. The steering committee has also been empowered to review all in-house projects relevant to respiratory diseases on an annual basis and provide feedback to divisions about each project’s relevance and level of priority. The steering committee will also engage in strategic planning guided by the
RDRP logic model described later in this chapter (Figure 5). The steering committee will serve as a powerful force to coordinate and promote respiratory diseases research in both the intramural and extramural settings.