Applicants must submit their applications materials via grants.gov. The application package is available at www.grants.gov under Funding Opportunity Number 2021-NIST-PSIAP-AI3-01.
Applications must be received at grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, July 26, 2021.
The goal of this NOFO is for the award recipient to plan and execute the AI3 Prize Competition. The Prize Administrator (PA) should seek to implement a competition for contestants to develop a platform that can use current sensor information to learn how to categorize data from unknown sensor platforms.
Eligibility for all programs listed in this NOFO is open to U.S. non-Federal entities. Eligible applicants include: Institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations. NIST will not be accepting proposals from foreign entities. Please note that individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible to apply under this NOFO. Although Federal entities are not eligible to receive funding under this NOFO, they may participate as unfunded collaborators.
In Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), NIST anticipates funding 1 award for approximately $1,200,000 with a project performance period of up to 2 years.
Potentially: Being a CRADA partner does not, in itself, preclude you from applying to this competition, but conflicts are possible. For example, an entity cannot receive NIST funds for the same activities being performed under the CRADA. If you are a current CRADA partner and considering applying, please contact us directly to discuss your specific situation.
Review of Applications, selection of successful applicants, and award processing is expected to be completed by August 2021. The earliest start date for awards under this NOFO is expected to be October 2021.
Applicants will need a “D-U-N-S” number, which is a free, unique identifier provided by Dun and Bradstreet. Applicants will also need to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) provided by the Internal Revenue Service.
Note, if your organization does not have these numbers, it may take some time to acquire them. Please see the Organization Applicant Registration page on the Applicants tab on Grants.gov.
No; references, citations, or bibliographies are not required. However, if additional content is added to the application, all tables, charts, graphs, figures, maps, photos, graphics, and citations will count towards the page limits. Resumes and CVs do not count toward page limits.
Because of the funding instruments used to manage FFRDCs, FFRDCs are generally not eligible to apply. Interested FFRDCs should discuss this further with their Contracting Officer. FFRDCs are, however, eligible to be subcontractors to other eligible applicants.
To learn more about research and development projects funded by PSCR, visit https://www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr/funding-opportunities/past-funding-opportunities
No. Applicants should refer to Section I of the PSIAP-PSRD NOFO for details about the program goals and objectives. Applicants can send questions to pscr [at] nist.gov (pscr[at]nist[dot]gov) before submitting their proposal but will not receive feedback about specific questions or proposed projects.
Yes, partnering is encouraged, but there must be a primary applicant organization that, if awarded, will be legally responsible for the award.
The PSCR Annual Stakeholder Meeting is always in the summer, held in the continental United States, scheduled for 3-4 days, and registration is about $300-$400 per person.
Applications will be judged according to the evaluation criteria, which can be found in Section V.1 of the NOFO.
Funding will be provided in accordance with the Multi-Year Funding Policy in Section II.2 of the NOFO.
Information on cost allowability is available in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 C.F.R. Part 200 (http://go.usa.gov/SBYh), which apply to awards in this program.
Protection of human subjects is a priority of PSCR’s research and development programs. If you receive funding for a project that potentially includes research involving human subjects, or data or recordings involving human subjects (including software testing), the NIST Research Protection Office (RPO) must perform a review of your proposal as described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. You may be asked to provide details about your proposed human subjects research; supporting documents such as consent forms; survey instruments; and IRB documentation. Before research involving human subjects may commence, it must be explicitly authorized by the NIST Grants Officer in the form of a Special Award Condition. Please see Section VI.2 of the NOFO.
NIST uses the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects, codified by the Department of Commerce at 15 C.F.R. Part 27, to define its criteria for research involving human subjects.
The dataset sample should give reviewers an understanding of the categories of data that are planned for the challenge dataset, and the breadth of data contained in at least 1-2 categories. That is, at least 1-2 categories should explicitly demonstrate multiple streams of sensor data, metadata, or any corresponding contextual information that could be used in the challenge dataset. Although this sample is not intended to be finalized, it should give reviewers an understanding of the variety proposed data, and the applicant’s understanding of challenge requirements. The sample content must not exceed a maximum of ten (10) pages or 540 lines of text.
Additionally, if any of the proposed data falls under research involving human subjects, appropriate accommodations will need to be made. Please see Section VI.2 of the NOFO.
The sample dataset can be submitted via Github or a similar source repository. If the applicant chooses to submit via this method, their application will need to include the full link to the repository, as well as any additional credentials or authentication needed to access the files. If the reviewers cannot access the repository using the information provided by the applicant, the dataset will be assumed to be unsubmitted, and the application will be scored accordingly. Additionally, all files submitted via the repository must have a timestamp on or before the application deadline. Any file that displays a date after the application deadline will not be reviewed and will be considered unsubmitted.
No, this NOFO is specifically to fund a prize administrator to run the AI3 Prize Challenge. However, once the challenge is launched there will be an opportunity for teams to submit proposals to participate in the actual AI3 Prize Challenge. To stay up to date with the challenge launch, be sure to sign up for our mailing list by visiting pscr.gov (scroll down to Get Connected).
No. This competition is to make an award for an organization to serve as the prize administrator. It is not for vendors who want to compete in a prize challenge.
Yes, organizing the prize challenge events is one of the main activities of the prize administrator.
Applicants will propose the prize amounts in their applications. NIST will work with the selected recipient to finalize the amounts once the award is made.