DSFederal Awarded NIH Contract

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

DSFederal is pleased to announce the award of the new Scientific and Program Support contract for the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). With a mission to “support the entire NIH extramural research community by providing policy, guidance, systems, and other support to the recipient community,” OER offers a wide variety of services, helping investigators understand federal policies and procedures governing grant funding, and serving as caretaker for the NIH extramural research portfolio. OER also serves the 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that provide extramural grant funding.

Under its contract to the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) program DSFederal has been a trusted partner to OER since 2015. DSFederal’s RCDC team members have received RCDC Office of the Director awards recognizing their contributions to the program, and a number of our team members have transitioned to Federal government roles. As prime contractor on this new OER program, DSFederal will lead a team of experienced, well-respected NIH service providers including ICF, NETE, EnDyna, Master Key, UberResearch, and Deloitte.

The OER Scientific and Program Support contract will encompass research support and administrative tasks previously covered under RCDC and other contracts, serving as an umbrella for a variety of OER support services. DSFederal's team will provide highly qualified professional staff such as senior Scientific Information Analysts (SIAs), Scientific Text Analysts (STA) with expertise in NLP/text analytics, financial analysts to support the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP), and other technical and scientific SMEs.

CEO Sophia Parker writes, “OER serves both the public and the NIH research community by supporting efforts to fund promising research and ensuring that research spending complies with federal laws and regulations. Research support is foundational to DSFederal’s work, and we have many years of experience providing support services to NIH and its Institutes and Centers. We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue serving OER in its role as steward of NIH research funding.”


Contract Vehicles

GSA Schedules:

GSA IT-70 (SINs 132-51 and 

STARS II (GS00Q17GWD2228) (For more information, please email our STARS II Program Manager at stars2@dsfederal.com)

Professional Services Schedule (SIN 874-1 & 874-7)

HCaTS  SB (Pool 2)

Other Vehicles:


CIO-SP3 8(a) & CIO-SP3 SB

FDA Integrated Services (IS) BPA

HRSA Technical Assistance IDI



VA-T4 8(a)


2019 Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame 

2019 NAGC Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Award of Excellence

2017 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year 

2017 Washington Business Journal Top Small Technology Company

2017 Washington Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business"

2017 Top 100 MBE


Certified Woman-Owned Small Business (#WOSB2000515)

CMMI-DEV Level 3

CMMI-SVC Level 3

ISO 9001:2015

DCAA-Compliant Accounting System