Who We Are
The Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) was established in 2011, and is part of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) within the Office of the NIH Director (OD).
OPA is an interdisciplinary team that impacts NIH-supported research by enabling NIH decision makers and research administrators to evaluate and prioritize current and emerging areas of research that will advance NIH’s mission.
What We Do
- We teach and support portfolio analyses across NIH by offering training classes and one-on-one consultations.
- We innovate and expand NIH-wide efforts in portfolio analysis by developing new methodologies and data tools.
- We actively coordinate portfolio analysis activities across NIH and enhance collaboration among all portfolio analysis stakeholders by hosting poster sessions, workshops, symposia, a blog, and bi-monthly meetings of the Portfolio Analysis Interest Group (PAIG).
Classroom Training and Workshops
The Office of Portfolio Analysis is pleased to provide training opportunities in portfolio analysis for NIH staff. We currently offer the following classes:
Portfolio Analysis: Introduction (PA101): This class covers the basics of how to approach a portfolio analysis. Read more…
iSearch: iSearch is NIH’s next-generation portfolio analysis platform providing comprehensive, easy-to-use access to carefully curated, extensively-linked datasets of global grants, patents, publications, clinical trials and approved drugs. Read more…
iSearch Portfolio Tool: The portfolio tool streamlines the manual coding process by allowing users to create custom vocabularies, use free text fields, or check boxes to manually curate a portfolio. Read more…
Bibliometrics: This class will teach you how to analyze the scientific influence of papers arising from NIH funding and introduces OPA’s new metric Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) and the iCite tool. Read more…
Translational Science: iTrans is a web tool that tracks and visualizes bench-to-bedside translation by mapping published articles along human, animal, and molecular categories. Read more…
Network Analysis: In this class you will learn the basics of network analysis, how to structure and clean the data, and how to produce and analyze networks using Cytoscape and Sci2. Read more…
IN-SPIRE: IN-SPIRE is a text analysis and visualization tool to review and analyze the content of thousands of documents simultaneously. Read more…
Portfolio Analysis Resources
The OPA training team provides portfolio analysis resources to help the NIH community perform analyses to the highest standards.
Class Material: OPA’s class slides, user guides, and other useful material.
Excel Tips: OPA’s favorite Excel tips and examples for portfolio analysis.
Case Studies: Step by step descriptions of analyses performed by OPA analysts.
IN-SPIRE material: Background, methodology, fact sheets and examples for IN-SPIRE users.
OPA iTools information: Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about each of OPA's iTools
Portfolio Analysis FAQs: Here you can find useful information based on common questions OPA receive about NIH portfolio analysis systems and data
This page last reviewed on June 19, 2018