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

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Biography

Robert Schneider is a public affairs specialist in the Communications Branch within NCATS’ Office of Policy, Communications and Education, where he serves on the NCATS public website, intranet and social media teams, providing content management as well as writing and editing support. He also serves as the communications liaison to the Center’s Office of Administrative Management and Division of Extramural Activities and provides logistical support for NCATS’ Advisory Council/Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board meetings. Additionally, Schneider serves on several committees, including the Web Authors Group, the NIH Digital Council, the Council/CAN Member Management Team, the Internal Communications Workgroup and the NIH Social Media Collaboration.

In 2020/21, Schneider received two NCATS Director’s Awards: one in the “Collaborator” category for his contribution to developing and implementing a collaborative communications strategy that informed and engaged audiences on NCATS’ COVID-19 translational science approaches, and the other in the “Innovation” category for demonstrating exceptional creativity in conveying complex information about NCATS’ mission and activities in new ways. In 2019, he received an NCATS Director’s Award in the “Innovation” category in recognition of the innovative approach to 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 the decennial census, numerous other 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 Bachelor of Arts 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.