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John-David Swanson

(703) 292-2898
W 17105
Section Head

Program Responsibilities:
BioFoundries to Enable Access to Infrastructure and Resources for Advancing Modern Biology and Biotechnology (BioFoundries)
EPSCoR Collaborations for Optimizing Research Ecosystems Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-CORE RII)
EPSCoR Research Incubators for STEM Excellence Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-RISE RII)
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)


Dr. JD Swanson is section head for Innovation Programs within the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP).  He leads the section to foster regional and national innovation ecosystems using strategic collaborations and partnerships to advance research and grow inclusive workforce development. Before coming to TIP, Swanson gained extensive experience across NSF in the Office of the Director as a Program Director for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and on special assignment in the Office of the Assistant Director in the Directorate of the Biological Sciences. Prior to NSF, Swanson was a professor at several universities in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Rhode Island, where he served as a tenured professor, department chair, and class dean.  At these institutions, he helped build statewide and institutional research infrastructure, and taught and mentored students both in his research laboratory and the classroom. Swanson has collaborated and worked directly in several roles both within industry and government sectors in several countries. He received his doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University in Integrative Biosciences, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, a Diploma of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a certificate in executive leadership from American University in Washington DC.