The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced six new focused areas of technology—all based on input from U.S. industry—for which companies and consortia will be able to propose projects to receive nearly $800 million of long-range, cost-shared support under the Advanced Technology Program (ATP). NIST also announced the deadline for submitting proposals under the ATP 1995 general competition.
Since 1990, the ATP has worked with U.S. industry to advance the nation's industrial competitiveness and economic opportunities by helping fund the development of high-risk but powerful new technologies that underlie a broad spectrum of potential new applications, commercial products and services.
The ATP accelerates technologies that, because they entail significant risk upstream of product development, are unlikely to be developed in time to compete in rapidly changing world markets without such a partnership of industry and government. By sharing the cost of such projects with both large and small companies and with teams, the ATP catalyzes industry to pursue promising technologies.
The six new focused technology programs are founded on ideas from "white papers" submitted by industry and workshops held around the country. The projects will be cost-shared and carried out by industry. A five-year government investment of $785 million is expected to leverage an equal investment by industry. It is anticipated that the new ATP focused program areas—all driven by industrial concerns—will yield large benefits to the nation's economy by fostering powerful technologies enabling new or improved world-class products and industrial processes.
The new program areas are:
Specific program areas such as the six announced today are evaluated against four criteria: the potential for U.S. economic benefit, the strength of the technical ideas, evidence of strong industry commitment, and the opportunity for ATP funds to make a significant difference.
The planned funding levels for the six focused program areas in fiscal year 1995 and beyond are contingent on future appropriations for the ATP.
The ATP accepts proposals for focused program projects only in response to specific competition announcements published in the Commerce Business Daily. Today's announcement does not constitute a call for proposals under any of the six program areas.
Also announced today by the ATP is the March 1, 1995, proposal deadline for the 1995 general competition, where project submissions from any area of technology are eligible. An estimated $25 million to $30 million in first-year funding will be available for ATP awards.
Detailed summaries of each of the six focused program areas are available to reporters from NIST's Public Affairs Division by faxing a request to (301) 926-1630. Others should contact the ATP directly as noted above.
As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.