Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Engage & Connect

Explore all the ways you can engage and connect online with the HHS SBIR and STTR programs. Our suite of online resources and active social media presence make it easier to stay informed about the latest updates and events.



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Stay Connected

We offer a variety of ways for you to stay up-to-date on the latest HHS SBIR and STTR updates.

  • Subscribe to the SBIR/STTR Listserv - This is the easiest way to stay updated on NIH SBIR/STTR’s upcoming events, funding announcements, reauthorization updates, important deadlines and more.
  • Email LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: subscribe SBIR-STTR your name
  • NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts - This weekly notification, also known as the NIH Guide, is an integral part of communicating with the grant community. It is an online publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Sign up now!
  • Follow us on Twitter: @NIHsbir This is a great way to find helpful resources and information about the NIH SBIR and STTR programs. We maintain an active twitter presence and collaborate with the other SBIR agencies on twitter.
  • Submit your SBIR/STTR Success Story Are you a successful SBIR or STTR funded company? We want to know your story! Take a few minutes to tell us and the American public about your successful company and how SBIR or STTR dollars helped you along the path to commercialization.
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  • Meet Us in Person – Learn when our SBIR/STTR team is coming to an event near you. View our Events page!

Meet our team

Learn more about who we are and our diverse backgrounds so we can better serve you. If you have questions, do not hesitate to give us a call or flag us down at an upcoming conference or event.

Matthew Portnoy, Ph.D. HHS SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator
Matthew Portnoy, Ph.D.

HHS SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator

Dr. Matthew Portnoy is the NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator and Director, Division of Special Programs, Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, NIH. In this role, he manages the SBIR/STTR programs at NIH and coordinates the 24 NIH Institutes/Centers that receive funding for the programs. Additionally, as the Director, Division of Special Programs, Dr. Portnoy and his staff provide scientific program management and oversight of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program, and support for conferences and scientific meetings (R13/U13) and ensures that NIH extramural staff are trained to meet the ever-changing demands of their job.

Dr. Portnoy received his B.S. in molecular and cell biology from Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Matt then joined the Intramural Program of NIH National Human Genome Research Institute as a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Portnoy made the leap to the extramural side of NIH in 2005 and joined the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as a program director. Over his time at NIGMS, he managed R01 grant portfolios in DNA repair, recombination and replication, SBIR/STTR grants, F32 post-doctoral fellowships, cooperative agreements, and R25 education grants. Dr. Portnoy also served as SBIR/STTR program lead for NIGMS for 6 years prior to his current post.

Phone: 301- 435-2688
Robert Vinson SBIR/STTR Program Manager
Robert Vinson

SBIR/STTR Program Manager

Robert Vinson serves as a Program Manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR Program in the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), Office of Extramural Research (OER). 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 primary Contracting Officer’s Representative for the NIH Niche Assessment Program and secondary for the Commercialization Accelerator Program. These programs provide technical assistance, market analysis, and commercialization guidance for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II awardees. Rob is also the OEP Task Manager for the NIH Performance Outcomes Data System.

Before joining the NIH SBIR/STTR Program 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, and Branch Chief. Prior to joining NIH Rob was a commercial loan officer, with an emphasis on small business development and community revitalization.

Phone: 301-435-2713
J.P. Kim Program Manager and NIH Extramural Data Sharing Policy Officer
J.P. Kim

Program Manager and NIH Extramural Data Sharing Policy Officer

J.P. Kim joined the SBIR/STTR program team as a Program Manager and NIH Extramural Data Sharing Policy Officer under the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP). J.P. brings over 30 years of intellectual property experience and NIH experience to serve as another resource for the NIH small business research community and NIH staff on matters associated with the SBIR/STTR program, as well as assisting in providing data management/sharing policy guidance and intellectual property policy guidance as specifically related to small businesses and the SBIR/STTR programs.

Prior to joining the SBIR/STTR team, J.P. served as Director & Policy Officer of the Division of Extramural Inventions & Technology Resources (DEITR) in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) under the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) and served as a Senior Technology Licensing Specialist & Patent Advisor in the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) under the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR). Over the course of 20 years at NIH, his responsibilities included working with the extramural community and developing, implementing, and providing policy guidance, oversight, education/training, and day-to-day management on extramural invention reporting, iEdison, and data sharing/management under NIH extramural funding agreements (including under SBIR awards). While under the intramural program, J.P. worked on the development and transfer of inventions arising from the NIH intramural research program, overseeing patent prosecution of inventions and worked to identify collaborations and other opportunities with small businesses and other organizations for out-licensing and further development of NIH technologies into commercial products to benefit the public health. J.P.’s patenting and licensing efforts resulted in various products reaching the market that earned royalties of over $30 million annually.

J.P. is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is also registered to practice before the Maryland Courts, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the U.S. Supreme Court, and a few other federal courts. He has over 30 years of experience working with patents and other intellectual property matters for businesses, universities, and other organizations at law firms and with the government. J.P. received his J.D., M.B.A. in International Business and International Marketing, M.Sc. in Biotechnology, M.P.P. in Health Policy with an additional certification in the Nonprofit Sector, M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Social/Public Policy and a thesis on the bioethics of human cloning, B.Sc. in Zoology (Chemistry minor), and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as further graduate study in Genetics and Sustainability Leadership for a greener world. He earned degrees from Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University.

Phone: 301-435-0189
Julie Beaver SBIR/STTR Statistician
Julie Beaver, MD, MS

SBIR/STTR Mathematical Statistician

Dr. Julie Beaver is the NIH SBIR/STTR Mathematical Statistician. Dr. Beaver provides statistical expertise for data analyses related to the NIH SBIR/STTR program including initiating, formulating, planning and executing statistical analyses associated with SBIR/STTR programs. She furnishes data management, analysis, data uploads, generation of reports in the form of computer output, charts, tables, graphs, and PowerPoint presentation.

Dr. Beaver came to join NIH SBIR/STTR from the Department of Treasury FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network). Prior to that, she was an NIH Contractor working with the intramural program. She previously was also at Walter Reed Medical Center and MD Anderson Research Center all as a statistician. Dr. Beaver has a M.D. from Pharmaceutical College in China, an M.S. in Biostatistics from UT Health Science Center.

Phone: 301-496-8807
Patti Swayne SBIR/STTR Communications Specialist
Patricia Swayne

SBIR/STTR Communications Specialist

Patricia Swayne joined the NIH SBIR/STTR Program from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, where she worked to promote collaboration and innovation in the regional business community through unique health care, education, and community outreach initiatives.

As the Communications Specialist, Patricia helps develop, implement and evaluate the team’s outreach strategy which specifically targets demographics that historically have lower application rates, including small business that are women-owned and/or disadvantaged. Patricia is invested in progressive public health initiatives, the impact of technology in solutions and delivery of care, and aging research. Her goal is to translate important, effective information into a language that everyone can understand.

Patricia is a proud alumnus of Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Phone: 301-402-1632