Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

About OPHPR's Extramural Research Program (ERP)


The mission of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) Extramural Research Program (ERP) is to promote and enhance preparedness and emergency response capabilities of the public health infrastructure at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels by advancing public health systems preparedness and response research and its translation to practice for the community. Translation to practice is defined as the transfer of new knowledge gained from research that can enhance or develop public health policies, programs, or practices.


The ERP is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, managing, and evaluating extramural research awards, programs, and activities for OPHPR. The ERP functions to:

  1. Direct the extramural research program by planning, coordinating, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating extramural research that is designed to address OPHPR priorities
  2. Collaborate with divisions and offices within OPHPR to establish research priorities for the Center
  3. Provide scientific leadership in the areas of extramural research supported by OPHPR, including the development of policies, procedures, and guidance to assist both OPHPR staff and extramurally funded grantees or contract recipients
  4. Promote and prepare initiatives to stimulate extramural research in relevant priority areas
  5. Coordinate and manage Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs) or Scientific Review Groups (SRG) to conduct in-depth peer review of extramural research applications and to conduct Secondary Reviews to assess program relevance of meritorious applications. The ERP is responsible for recruiting and selecting experts in public health science and practice for preparedness and response to serve on the SEPs and/or SRGs.
  6. Make recommendations to the OPHPR Director on award selections; health scientist staff members serve as program officials for extramural research grants/cooperative agreements/contracts and coordinate with CDC grants management and policy officials to implement and monitor the scientific, technical, and administrative aspects of awards
  7. Facilitate scientific collaborations between external and internal investigators
  8. Evaluate extramural research progress and disseminate information on the findings and public health impact of funded research
  9. Assist the Office of Science Quality in developing CDC/ATSDR extramural research policies and oversee the implementation of those policies within OPHPR

ERP Staff

Eric Carbone, MBA, PhD
Director, Extramural Research Program

Shoukat Qari, DVM, PhD
Senior Scientific Program Official

Tracy N. Thomas MSc, MPH
Senior Health Scientist

Mary Leinhos, PhD
Scientific Program Official

Todd M. Graham, MPH, BBA
Management and Program Analyst

Heidi Floyd
ORISE Fellow

Linda Ekperi
ORISE Fellow

Erin Echols
ORISE Fellow

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at

Ready Wrigley Preparedness Pup badgePHPR Partnerships "Want to Help" badge