Funding Opportunities

Breaking news: 2016 federated identity in healthcare pilot opportunity!

The NSTIC NPO is pleased to announce our second solicitation for pilot funding of 2016—which focuses on streamlining the way that patients and providers access health information from different organizations online.

NIST is looking for a project that will demonstrate how deployment of federated identity credentials improves access to online health information. Using the same credential across multiple healthcare providers can make life easier for users by simplifying and speeding up sign-in processes. For providers, making strides in the efficiency medical record access means time and money saved – and, if done right, better outcomes for security and privacy.

The deadline to apply is: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Link to opportunity on

Link to full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) PDF:

A virtual webinar was held on April 18, 2016. Link to the webinar recording:

Funding opportunity description:

When your healthcare team includes primary care physicians, dentists, allergists, and more, the number of accounts you have to remember can really add up. The same goes for providers – especially the doctors, nurses, technicians, and therapists who work in multiple healthcare settings. Going back and forth with different credentials to check information can take valuable time and attention away from patient care. What if patients and providers could instead access medical records with one trusted credential?

NIST is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to demonstrate the usage of federated online identity solutions for patients and providers across multiple healthcare providers (e.g., provider groups, regional healthcare systems, hospital systems). Specifically, projects must:

  • Pilot a federated credential solution in which at least two hospitals or regional healthcare systems accept a federated, verified identity that leverages multi-factor authentication and an effective identity proofing process.
  • Enable online access to at least two organizationally separate healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate that the federated credential solution aligns with the Identity Ecosystem Framework Requirements.
  • Allow for interoperability with other identity federations in the healthcare sector and, where possible, other sectors.
  • Include collecting metrics and other information about the implementation of the federated credential solution that can contribute to a best practices guidance document.

The project partners must provide data on how they implemented the solution and how it performed, ultimately contributing to a jointly published document that can serve as a guide for other healthcare systems.

NIST will collaborate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will participate in the review of applications and provide technical support regarding implementation and operation of the pilot.

Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed or considered. Applicants should be aware, and factor in their application submission planning, that the system is expected to be closed for routine maintenance at these times: from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, April 16, 2016 until Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time; and again from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, May 21, 2016 until Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Applications cannot be submitted when is closed

NIST expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by September, 2016. NIST expects the earliest anticipated start date for awards under this FFO to be October 1, 2016.

Anticipated award amounts:
NIST anticipates funding one award in the range of $750,000 to $1,000,000 for eighteen months.

Keep in mind when developing your submission timeline the following:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to start early and not wait until the approaching due date before logging on and reviewing the instructions for submitting an application through The registration process must be completed before a new registrant can apply electronically. If all goes well, the registration process takes three to five business days. If problems are encountered, the registration process can take up to two weeks or more. Applicants must have a valid unique entity identifier number and must maintain a current registration in the Federal government’s primary registrant database, the System for Award Management (, as explained on the Web site.
After registering, it may take several days or longer from the initial log-on before a new system user can submit an application. Only individuals authorized as organization representatives will be able to submit the application, and the system may need time to process a submitted application. Applicants should save and print the proof of submission they receive from

To find instructions on submitting an application on, Applicants should refer to the “Applicants” tab in the banner just below the top of the home page. Clicking on the “Applicants” tab produces two exceptionally useful sources of information, Applicant Actions and Applicant Resources, which applicants are advised to review.  

The Online Users Guide available at the site ( provides vital information on checking the status of applications.  See especially the “Check My Application Status” option, found by clicking first on Applicants, and then by clicking on Applicant Actions. Applicants can track their submission in the system by following the procedures at the site ( It can take up to two business days for an application to fully move through the system to NIST.

To download the application package on, please click here: then select the Package tab, then click on Select Package, and follow the directions.

FY 2016 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FFO Announcement

(Funding Opportunity Number 2016-NIST-SBIR-01):

Opened on February 2, 2016
Closes on April 14, 2016

CLOSED: 2016 state and local government pilot opportunity

NIST is no longer accepting abbreviated applications for this opportunity. Abbreviated applications were due on Thursday, February 18, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Link to opportunity on

Link to full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) PDF:

Because of our pilots:

  • 1,000,000+ service members, veterans, teachers, first responders, and students can access online services from 200+ organizations without having to share sensitive documents or personally identifiable information each time they want to prove eligibility.

  • More than 247,000 accounts are currently under management by a pilot site, thus providing a unique location for parents to assert and implement their online parental rights.

  • 140+ universities are deploying smartphone-based multi-factor authentication.

Past pilot announcement details: