Scientific Knowledge for Administrative Staff

Maintains basic level of biomedical/scientific knowledge and understanding of areas of research conducted and/or supported by the organization.

Key Behaviors
  • Adjusts administrative services provided in response to an understanding of the core work activities of the scientific workforce.
  • Develops a general understanding of the scientific research priorities for the Institute as a whole and for specific customers served.
  • Understands the core work activities that Program staff engages in to carry out their work and how this impacts.
  • Checks for developments in intramural research, extramural research and/or clinical trials.
  • Reviews professional, medical and other scientific literature to ensure up-to-date and accurate scientific information is included in communications materials.
  • Consults with scientific experts to interpret complex biomedical research information to include in communications products.
  • Analyzes, verifies and documents scientific research reporting requirements.
  • Translates scientific understanding to the types of positions, staff, and learning and development activities needed to successfully carry out the mission of the Institute.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.