Office of Extramural Policy and Review (OEPR)

Meet NIDA’s Extramural Grants Director

Tracy Waldeck, Ph.D. joined NIDA in April 2018 as the Director of the Office of Extramural Policy and Review (OPER), which oversees NIDA’s peer review branch. Prior to coming to NIDA, Dr. Waldeck served as the Deputy Director of the Association for Psychological Science, where she was responsible for the effective and efficient functioning of the Association’s day-to-day administrative and program operations.  In this role, she applied her scientific expertise to the organization’s mission, advocated for science funding, and engaged in public outreach aimed at sharing an understanding of psychological science with the public.  Before that, Dr. Waldeck served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  At NIDA she also serves as coordinator of the activities of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. Dr. Waldeck graduated from American University and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.

What We Do:

  • Administer the peer and objective review of all Institute-based extramural grant applications;
  • Administer the concept and peer review of all NIDA research contract proposals;
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Director regarding the Institute's peer and objective review processes;
  • Provide scientific analyses of the Institute's extramural research program, assessing the breadth and scope of the Institute's research activities;
  • Administer the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse second level review of extramural support mechanisms and advice on overall NIDA program and policy matters;
  • Coordinate and assure the development of program policies and rules relating to the Institute's extramural activities, including Institute responsibility for inquiries and investigations into misconduct in science;
  • Coordinate Institute activities under the Privacy Act;
  • Coordinate supervision of issuance of Certificates of Confidentiality; and
  • Administer the Institute's committee management function under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.        

Staff Listings & Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Office of Extramural Policy and Review
National Institute on Drug Abuse
3WFN MSC 6021
301 North Stonestreet Ave 
Bethesda, MD  20892

For courier deliveries use: Rockville, MD 20850

Scientific Review Group/Committee Structure