NIST calls for research on innovative technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued its first request for research papers that address critical national needs, which will help NIST decide which projects to fund through its new Technology Innovation Program.

Created in 2007 under the America Competes Act, TIP is the successor to the Advanced Technology Program. It seeks to speed development of high-risk but transformative research that could solve major societal challenges.

The first TIP competition spans eight categories, including civil infrastructure, alternative energy, nanotechnology and personalized medicine. In the information technology-related area of complex networks and systems, NIST said in a Federal Register notice that the United States increasingly relies on energy delivery, telecommunications, transportation and finance systems but has imperfect control over them.

NIST is looking for white papers that will improve understanding of the technical and mathematical processes involved in simulating and modeling such systems because current methodologies are unable to predict and control them. TIP will make cost-shared awards of no more than 50 percent of total costs to a wide range of organizations, from for-profit companies to colleges and universities, national laboratories and nonprofit research institutions.

However, the lead partner must be a small or midsize business or an academic institution. Awards will be limited to no more than $3 million for three years for single-company projects and no more than $9 million for five years for joint ventures. Earlier in 2008, NIST said it expected to award about $9 million in first-year funding.

Deadlines for submitting papers span several months, beginning Jan. 15 and ending July 13.

About the Author

Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.