Robert Vinson

Robert Vinson

NIH SBIR/STTR Assistant Program Manager

National Institutes of Health

Mr. Robert Vinson serves as an Assistant Program Manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR Programs in the Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research. In this role he is responsible for providing resources to Federal staffers and access to critical information for the small business community seeking early-stage Federal funding. His duties include serving as the Contracting Officer’s Representative for the NIH Niche Assessment Program and the Commercialization Assistance Program. These programs provide technical assistance, market analysis, and commercialization guidance for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II awardees.

Prior to joining the SBIR/STTR Office, he was a Senior Grants Policy Analyst at the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI). In that role, he managed initiatives and special projects on a variety of grants and administrative policy issues. Rob had been with NHLBI since 1993 where his career began as a Grants Management Specialist and rose to the positions of Team Leader, Grants Management Officer (GMO), and Branch Chief. Rob also served on a short detail to the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where he was part of a cadre of GMO’s responsible for establishing Standard Operating Procedures and allocating American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds. Additionally, for five years prior to joining NIH Rob was a commercial loan officer, with an emphasis on small business development and marketing concerns.

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