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Position Description:

The Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), within the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, announces a nationwide search to fill multiple Program Director positions for the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program.

Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to ensure the NSF SBIR and STTR programs fulfill their mandate as “America’s Seed Fund”, and that these programs support the next generation of innovative, high-growth technology enterprises. Program Directors solicit and review applications, consider external advice from technical and commercial experts, perform due diligence on potential awards, make funding recommendations, and provide guidance and oversight to awardee small businesses. They are also responsible for service to Foundation-wide activities and initiatives that together accomplish NSF’s strategic goals to:

  1. Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering;
  2. Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education;
  3. Excel as a Federal Science Agency.

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  • Spearheading NSF’s merit review process, which relies on advice and feedback from technical and commercial experts to guide NSF funding decisions regarding SBIR and STTR applications;
  • Working closely with awardee companies before, during, and after NSF funding, to provide guidance and mentorship and to maximize the chance of project and company success;
  • Conducting due diligence on potential SBIR and STTR awardee small businesses in advance of funding recommendations, in order to ensure the highest quality of funded projects and to ensure that NSF policies and procedures are followed;
  • Working with the program staff NSF-wide, as well as external communities of innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors, to apprise them to the opportunities and requirements of the SBIR/STTR programs;
  • Designing, developing, managing, coordinating, and implementing small business solicitations, conferences, publications, and reports;
  • Developing and presenting clear and concise explanations and interpretations of NSF policies and research program initiatives for small businesses, the academic community, large industrial firms, the investment community, state and local governments, and other federal agencies.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate science or engineering field, plus after award of the degree, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master’s Degree in an appropriate science or engineering field, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Entrepreneurial, investment, and/or managerial experience are highly desirable. Prior experience in roles related to the commercialization of innovative products, in either small or large businesses, is sought. Specific experience with technology start-ups and/or small businesses, or with early-stage technology investments, is also recommended. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills and a commitment to high standards of ethical conduct. The position also requires a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, attention to detail, good judgment and a high degree of personal integrity.

To Apply:

Please email a single PDF document that includes:

  1. CV;
  2. A cover letter explaining the reasons you are interested in the position – The cover letter should describe how your experiences fit with the position of SBIR/STTR Program Officer (referencing the CV);
  3. Citizen affidavit, as applicable.

It is preferred that application materials and questions be sent to the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships via email to with “SBIR/STTR Program Director” in the subject line.

NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

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