Deputy Directors Office

COR Corner

NIH COR Handbook

This handbook was developed as a reference guide and associated templates for the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to maneuver through the Acquisitions Process. This guide is not intended to supersede COR training but to provide additional reference support. However, it is a useful supplemental guide to help CORs navigate through the steps of the above simplified acquisition threshold process with the following information:

  • Overview and purpose of the NIH acquisitions process 
  • Roles and responsibilities 
  • Expected outcomes 
  • Tools to assist CORs in developing acquisitions documents  

NIH employees can view an introductory video presentation for additional information and highlighted features of the Handbook and download a PDF of the Handbook on the COR Corner SharePoint site. If you are unable to access the SharePoint site, please submit and access request.

The Optimize Acquisitions program is working on expanding the content of the COR Handbook for a digital version in FY 22.