Director, Small Business Program (NINDS)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NINDS provides funding and resources for small businesses to develop and commercialize their technologies through its congressionally-mandated small business set-aside programs - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). The Small Business program, as established by law, is intended to stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies in the private sector and strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research or research and development (R/R&D) needs. To achieve this goal NINDS is seeking a creative Program Director to lead the Small Business program.

Located within the Division of Translation Research (DTR), the Small Business program manages an annual budget of $70M through series of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. DTR offers a variety of programs that support the design, implementation, and management of research activities critical to translational challenges in the treatment of neurological disease. The small business program works in partnerships with other SBIR-STTR programs across NIH and other government agencies and private-sector organizations.

The Small Business Program Director exercises broad influence regarding highly complex scientific program and policy issues and provides leadership such as the following:

  • is responsible for managing NINDS set aside budget, sets priorities, interprets and establishes effective policies and procedures to facilitate implementation of the SBIR-STTR program;
  • directs mission-critical science administration functions including scientific program management and oversight of the SBIR-STTR program, leads policy development, and coordinates activities to optimize SBIR/STTR reviews;
  • consults with and advises grantees/contractors during preparation of applications/proposals and provide guidance on program issues;
  • develops educational resources in business development, regulatory planning, and other entrepreneurial areas for the small business and academic communities; leads outreach and diversity efforts focused on women and minority-owned small businesses;
  • develops and leverages trans-NIH programs and collaborations and public-private partnerships.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, substantial multidisciplinary scientific expertise in biomedical research and translational technology development, expertise in commercializing a biomedical technology (e.g. therapeutic, diagnostic, device), and be an accomplished visionary and facilitator, experienced in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations and devising successful large-scale projects that involve federal agencies and private organizations.

The position will be filled under a Title 5 appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

How to Apply: Please submit your cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references to to be considered for this position.

All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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