National Program Leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture
Dr. Cotton joined the National Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (NIFA) as the new National Program Leader (NPL) for Public Health Nutrition. Dr. Cotton will also serve as the liaison to the Center for International Programs (CIP) at NIFA, Dr. Cotton served as Assistant Director Division of Receipt and Referral Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health where he was responsible for the scientific referral process at the NIH. This involves the referral of approximately 85,000 applications in biomedical, behavioral science and/or clinical research grant applications to the appropriate IRG for evaluation and to institutes/centers for determination of funding prioritization on the basis of their promise in leading to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of disease and disability. Involved in training, outreach and participation in CSR/NIH and other federal agencies activities. Prior to his CSR appointment Dr. Cotton was a Program Director ( Health Science Administrator) in the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) at the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (NINR/NIH). He was Program Director for the health promotion and risk behaviors portfolio and coordinates the minority health research crosscutting area and is the Community Based Participatory Research contact for NINR. He received a Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science from Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Cotton joined the NINR staff as Program Director for the health behavior and minority health portfolio. A Registered Dietician with a PhD in nutrition Dr. Cotton serves as the NINR representative on the NIH Nutrition Coordination Committee and the Trans NIH Obesity Task Force. In addition, he was the SBIR/STTR contact for NINR. Dr. Cotton was a 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 NIH Director’s Award recipient. Dr. Cotton also previously held positions at the US Department of Agriculture and Howard University. At the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center’s Community Nutrition Research Group he developed research collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges.