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NIST Announces Three Funding Opportunities in Engineering Research

Funding opportunities for research in the areas of disaster-resilient buildings and communities, sustainable construction and manufacturing, and "smart" firefighting have been announced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

NIST anticipates selecting one project on each topic and awarding about $300,000 per project.  Electronic applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, July 25, 2013.  The deadline for paper applications is 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 25, 2013.

NIST's Engineering Laboratory seeks proposals in the following areas:

Disaster resilience of buildings, infrastructure and communities—Develop, organize, convene, and summarize a workshop on enhancing community-centric resilience to natural and human-caused hazards, where resilience performance is the ability to withstand, respond to and recover quickly from a disruptive hazard event .

Sustainable construction and manufacturing—Develop, organize, convene and summarize a workshop on enhancing sustainability of construction and manufacturing practice, with a focus on using energy and materials efficiently over the life cycle of processes, products and systems.

Smart firefighting—Assist NIST in developing a technology roadmap for smart firefighting, the application of  "available data, computer power, communication technologies and fire dynamics knowledge to enable markedly better situational awareness, predictive models, deployment models and tactical decision-making on the fireground."

The awards will be administered through the Engineering Laboratory's Measurement and Engineering Research and Standards Research Grants Program.

To read the announcement of this Federal Funding Opportunity, go to at

Released June 26, 2013, Updated February 2, 2023