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.

Stay updated on NIH SBIR/STTR's upcoming events, initiatives, funding announcements, reauthorization updates, and important deadlines by  subscribing to our listserv.


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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, initiatives, funding announcements, reauthorization updates, and important deadlines. 
  • 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.

Stephanie Fertig headshot
Stephanie Fertig

HHS Small Business Program Lead
SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)
Office of Extramural Research (OER)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ms. Stephanie J. Fertig is the new HHS Small Business Program Lead in SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She currently oversees the Health and Human Services (HHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which includes the NIH SBIR and STTR programs. The HHS SBIR and STTR programs are congressionally mandated set-aside programs that provide over $1.2 billion dollars per year to small business concerns. Prior to joining SEED, she managed the SBIR and STTR Programs at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). During her over 15 years at NIH she has led the development and implementation of multiple programs focused on small businesses and translational research. Ms. Fertig has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a major in Physics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Phone: 301-435-2688

Robert Vinson SBIR/STTR Program Manager
Robert Vinson

Small Business 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