Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NIST's Call for Proposals

NIST located within the Department of Commerce is looking for research grant proposals to meet the needs of their Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant program. Some of the research programs within the MSE grant program support healthcare from clinical diagnostics to tissue engineering, plus the more efficient manufacturing of biologic drugs. This research enables physicians to make more accurate diagnoses and better monitor the effectiveness of new drug therapies.

MSE’s program has grants available through the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Grant Program to support research in the areas of advanced network technologies, cloud computing, complex systems design, computer forensics, information access, cybersecurity, health information technology, smart grid, software testing, computational biology, interactive systems, mobile platform security, device mobility among heterogeneous networks, and virtual measurements.

The ITL Grant Program in FY 2012 anticipates funding individual projects in the $10,000 to $500,000 range. In FY 2011, the ITL Grant Program funded 23 new awards totaling $4,500,000.

In addition, the NIST Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Program has other grant funding programs within their research activities that present possible places to seek grants related to the health technology field.

The NIST Office of Special Program has jurisdiction over the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) Grant Program. OLES oversees the Public Safety Communication Research (PSCR) Grant Program which does research, development, testing, and evaluation to foster nationwide communications interoperability. Specific research is conducted on improving patient safety and response and to help responders make decisions on the job utilizing performance standard measurement tools.

The PSCR Program provides insight to wireline and wireless standards committees on how to develop standards for voice, data, image, and video communications. Specific areas of interest include land mobile radio technology, broadband technology, interim interoperability devices, and emerging public safety communications technologies.

FY 2012, the Office of Special Programs (OSP) Grant Program anticipates limited funding for individual projects related to environment issues for $25,000 to $1,500,000 however, the PSCR grant program may not release grant funding at this time. For more information email Dereck Orr at dereck.orr@nist.gov.

The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) Grant Program in their Sensor Science Division conducts research on optical properties, and standards. For further information email Carl J. Williams at carl.williams@nist.gov.There is funding for PML of $5,000 to $250,000 for FY 2012. In 2011, PLM funded 19 new awards that amounted to $982,733.

The Engineering Laboratory (EL) Grant Program performs research on intelligent systems and information system integration for applications in manufacturing. The Systems Integration Division performs research on state-of-the-art information technology-based solutions to manufacturing systems integration problems. For FY 2012, $5,000 to $500,000 is available. In FY 2011, the EL grant program funded 11 new awards at $2,200,000. For more details, email Vijay Srenivasan at vijay.srinvasan@nist.gov.

The Standards Services Group (SSG) Grant Program studies topics related to health, safety, and the environment as well as supports specific standards-related activities including the development of web-based information systems. Funding for FY 11 is available for $5,000 to $25,000. In FY 2011, the SSG Grant Program did not fund any new awards.

All of the programs in this call for proposals will be considered on a continuing/rolling basis. However, for proposals received after 5 PM on June 1, 2012, proposals may be processed and considered for funding under this current fiscal year or in the next fiscal year unless there is a new posting in www.grants.gov.

For more details on the MSE Research Grant Program announced on December 7th, go to www.grants.gov or go to www.nist.gov/director/mse-121311.cfm and click on Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grant Programs.