Dr. Andrea Sawczuk Resume




Owner & Manager    05/2014 to Present

Executive Summary:  Sawczuk Biomedical Consulting, LLC (www.sawczuk-bmc.com)  is a sole proprietor business focused on providing biomedical research investigators and small businesses with consulting services that guide:  identifying funding opportunities, writing grant applications, grants management, strategic and change management, team science, workforce development and community engagement.  These services address gaps in biomedical research management from project identification, through funding and strategic positioning to connecting with target communities.  Ongoing consulting contracts:

  • Consultant for Strategic Positioning & Special Project Development, Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • R25 (NIH-SEPA) Grant Writing Guidance, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research;
  • SBIR Grant Writing Guidance, 10 applications generated across 5 funding cycles since Summer, 2015
  • Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County, Contract to provide grant-writing guidance for SBIR investigators, 11/2015 to present
  • PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Washington, DC) Merit Review Officer, 6 mos Contract, 12/2015 to 07/2016
  • Burien Arts Association, Burien WA, Provision of grant-writing guidance, 02/2016 to Present
  • Grantwriting for NonProfit Organizations Course, Taught for Highline Community College, Kent, WA; Spring 2015
Health Scientist Administrator: Program Officer (PO)     09/2006 to 05/2014

Leader in program development, organizational & inter-organizational management, and change management: As part of a small leadership team that developed and managed the largest investment of NIH, the $500M Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) Program. The CTSA Program is comprised of 61 prestigious academic institutions. It is designed to provide infrastructure and resources to support research projects across an innovative, highly complex matrix of local, regional and national organizational partnerships. Through our leadership efforts, my colleagues and I have changed the national infrastructure for biomedical research by providing a translational conduit from the laboratory to the clinic and community using approaches that are faster, more cost-effective and more likely to reach the most needy people.

  • Management of inter-organizational relationships: My colleagues and I created the National CTSA Consortium comprised of >2500 leaders and topic experts representing the CTSA institutions. This Consortium provides the infrastructure for partnerships across 20 major topic specific committees focused on improving the translational processes. These committees include topics such as education & workforce development, regulatory knowledge acquisition, community engagement, technology transfer and public-private partnerships.
  • Partnerships with other organizations:  Through the CTSA program and other funding initiatives, I have been a leader on projects and committees with staff from other major government agencies (e.g.,ORI, FDA, AHRQ, HRSA & CDC), NGOs (e.g., ACTTION & CCPH) and professional societies (e.g., AAMC & APS).
  • Change Management: Part of leadership team that developed aggressive programs to introduce the CTSA program and to ensure inter-organizational communication across 61 sites and >20 major committees.

Government grants development & administrative management:  My skills in developing grants initiatives has come from:

  • development of the CTSA Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
  • from being the NIH Program Director of the Research on Research Integrity FOA
  • from contributing to multiple other NIH funding initiatives across my 13 yr tenure with the NIH.

Experience with Cooperative Agreements:  Each  CTSA is a cooperative agreement of 3 linked awards, the UL1 (infrastructure, research resources & workforce development), KL2 (career development) and TL1 (training program). The total budget ranges from a minimum of $4M/yr to $25M/yr. At this time, I provide administrative oversight to 7 CTSAs (>$50M/yr) and scientific guidance to an additional 7 CTSAs. To execute administrative management, I have regular weekly email exchange with CTSA administrative staff, monthly teleconferences with the CTSA Principal Investigators (PIs) and make annual visits to each institution to evaluate progress and engage in bidirectional discussions.

Management of education, training & career development programs: As each CTSA is required to have 2 to 3 training components, I have been the administrative manager of education to students, trainees, and faculty. This role allows me to reach hundreds of people wanting to be engaged in translational research.

Staff Development: Introduced, championed and implemented continuous process improvement and Lean Six Sigma to 35 Sr NIH-NCRR staff & guided 6 staff to Green Belt Certification.

NIH – NINDS, Bethesda, MD
Health Scientist Administrator – Scientific Review Officer     08/2001 to 08/2006

Scientific Review Officer Expertise: This role required organizing meetings, recruiting peer reviewers and administering more than 50 special emphasis panels across 5 yrs and a standing committee, NSD-C, for 3 of these 5 yrs. Thus, I administered the review of >300 applications in >60 review meetings over a 5 yr period (NIH-NINDS).

Expertise in grant mechanisms: Applications directed to me were responding to a large variety of NIH supported research grant mechanisms and included single component, multi-component and multi-PI applications. This exposure has provided me with understanding and management skills of most of the government grant mechanisms.

Associate Professor     07/1995 to 07/2001

Academic appointment: Divided between fundamental neurophysiology and clinical oral medicine. My expertise in these areas included: 1) Neurophysiology and neuroscience of multiple invertebrate, vertebrate, & primate animal models and 2) Oral medicine, general medicine principles, oral pathology, pain management, management of special needs & medically compromised patients.

Research Investigator/Instructor     09/1993 to 06/1995

My appointment at the University of Washington was a instructor in the Dental School; however, my research was supported by a K-award in the Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics in the School of Medicine. My research focus was on motor systems neurophysiology and neuroscience of multiple invertebrate, vertebrate, and primate animal models of disease.


2012          MA: ORGANIZATIONAL SCIENCES, George Washington University, Washington DC

1993          PHD: ORAL BIOLOGY/NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1989          MS-CERTIFICATE: ORAL MEDICINE, U. Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, WA

1986          CERTIFICATE:  GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY, U. Washington SOD, Seattle, WA

1985          DDS:  DOCTOR OF DENTAL SURGERY, U. Washington SOD, Seattle, WA

1980          BS:  MICROBIOLOGY, U. Washington, Seattle, WA


  • Verbal: >50 invited presentations to national professional organizations, academic institutions and government agencies: equally divided across 5 focus areas – NIH support of education, training and career development; providing NIH CTSA Program updates; Neuroscience presentations; miscellaneous presentations introducing NIH programs
  • Written: Generated hundreds of reports, summaries of meeting discussions and email communications as an official government representative; 14 publications (8 peer-reviewed); 15 poster presentations at national professional meetings
  • Electronic & Web-based: NIH representative to weekly CTSA committee web-based conferences of up to 100 participants per meeting; managed >10 wiki spaces for CTSA committee member communication and resource sharing over 5 yr period; proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite of programs including Outlook for email communication, multiple browser systems and electronic data management systems.
Professional development:

Organizational Management: While working with the CTSA Program, our focus on organizational management stimulated me to complete a Master’s Degree in Organizational Sciences, which provided me with additional business skills and management strategies.

Leadership development training: Selected as 1 of 25 staff (from ~300 staff) to participate in the 2 yr NINDS leadership development program under the direction of PDS International. This training and action learning experience led me to think more strategically and visionary, particularly with integrating business principles with my scientific expertise.

Federal Grants Administration Training Course Certificate, 01/2009

Community Service:
  • 2005 to 2009 – provided 6 four hour workshops on ‘Crafting a Career’ to high school students attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Georgetown U., Washington, DC
  • 2004 to 2007 – invited talks to K-12 students at local schools in >Washington, DC area
  • 2003 to 2005 – member, leadership committee for annual Montgomery County (MD) Science Fair & President 2004-2005; from ~500 student entries/yr, 20 were chosen to attend the annual Intel International Science & Engineering Fair and several were award winners in their categories
  • 1995 to 2001 – presented annual continuing education training to community clinicians; engaged ~300 special needs patients in NJ and brought them to University Dental School for treatment