Applications consist of two parts: (1) The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and must nominate one or more students. (2) Students must provide copies of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent or personal statement. The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student.
An upcoming Federal Register Notice will list the due date and all other requirements applicable to the 2015 Program. If you are interested in competing for a 2015 award, you may find last year's official program announcement in the FY 2014 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity that includes the SURF Program helpful, as we do not expect any significant changes in the program this year.
You may either apply for the SURF program using a paper submission or via an online Grants.gov submission process. Users of Grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the application package and associated proposal information via the Grants.gov website. Applicants using the electronic submission process should follow the Application Instructions provided at Grants.gov when submitting a response to this funding opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to start early and not wait to the approaching due date before logging on and reviewing the instructions for submitting an application through Grants.gov . For those that want to use the paper submission process, you may download the application via this website. Applicant institutions must submit one (1) signed original.
The SURF Program is anticipated to run between May 26 – August 9, 2015 or June 8 – August 9, 2015; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots).
You will find a list of frequently asked questions here:
The Application Package includes the following documents that are downloadable PDF files readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To see the breath of the SURF program, see examples from the past SURF student projects descriptions and activities:
- To receive an application by mail, you may also contact:
- Dr. Brandi Toliver
100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1090
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1090