Staff Profile: Robert J. Schneider, Jr.

Robert J. Schneider, Jr.

Public Affairs Specialist

Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Communications Branch

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

Email Robert J. Schneider, Jr.


Robert Schneider is a public affairs specialist in the NCATS Communications Branch, a position he has held since shortly after the Center’s launch in December 2011. He serves on the NCATS public website, intranet and social media teams, providing content management as well as writing and editing support. He also provides logistical support for the NCATS Advisory Council/Cures Acceleration Network Review Board meetings. Additionally, Schneider serves on several committees, including the Web Authors Group, the Information Technology Management Committee, the NIH Digital Council, the Internal Communications Workgroup, and the NIH Social Media Collaboration.

In 2019, Schneider received an NCATS Director’s Awards in the “Innovation” category in recognition of the innovative approach in developing and implementing the A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) program through prizing competition and challenges. In 2016, he received two NCATS Director’s Awards: one in the “Technical Achievement” category for efforts in redesigning the NCATS website, and the other in the “Scientific/Medical Achievement” category for his contribution to accurately developing scientific descriptions of 240 projects representing the full scope of research conducted by the Division of Preclinical Innovation.

Schneider joined NIH in 2001 as a public affairs specialist for the National Center for Research Resources. Previously, he was a marketing specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he promoted participation in numerous surveys and the resulting data products. He also has authored and edited a variety of textbooks, instructional manuals and video training materials for the graphic communications industry.

Schneider holds a B.A. cum laude in English/Writing from La Roche College in Pittsburgh.

Professional Interests

Schneider enjoys the challenge of communicating a broad range of information about NIH programs, policies and initiatives to diverse audiences. He is dedicated to mastering innovative website tools and techniques and leading social media platforms to effectively communicate to the biomedical research community and other NCATS stakeholders.