Contact the SBIR/STTR Staff


To schedule a Technical Assistance meeting with the Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI), please send an e-mail request to:

The Technical Assistance meeting will be led by a Program Officer and is intended to help the company to understand the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) policies and best practices in the grant submission process. A Technical Assistance meeting is strongly encouraged before submitting the grant application

Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI)

  • Elena Koustova, Ph.D., MBA
    (301) 496-8768
  • Leonardo Angelone, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director and Program Officer – Medical Devices
    (301) 827-5946
  • Morris Flood, DHSc
    Program Officer – Research Tools, Consumer/Wellness Products, and Education/Training
    (301) 496-6144 
  • Stacie Gutowski, Ph.D.
    Program Officer – Medical Devices
    (301) 451-4598
  • Saravanan Karuppagounder, Ph.D.
    Program Officer – Therapeutics and Biomarker Development and Validation
    (301) 443-4577
  • Yordan (Dan) Kostov, Ph.D.
    Program Officer: Medical Devices
    (301) 435-5650
  • Jess Lukacs, M.D., MBA
    Program Officer – Business Development
    (301) 435-5916
  • Tam Nguyen, Ph.D.
    Program Officer: Research Tools and FDA-regulated therapeutic and diagnostic devices
    (301) 451-1203
  • Boris Sabirzhanov, Ph.D.
    Program Officer – Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative projects
    (301) 443-4577 

For questions related to budgets, please contact the Grants Management Branch (GMB). 

Grants Management Branch (GMB)

For questions related to contracts or request for proposals (RFP), please contact the Office of Acquisition (OA).

Office of Acquisition (OA)