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NIST Announces 2017 Research Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses

NIST engineer pointing at a firing pin impression.
Among the 2017 SBIR topics is "An Automated System for Firearm Evidence Identifications."
Credit: NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced topics for its 2017 Small Business Innovation Research awards. Phase I of the competitive program provides individual awards of up to $100,000 to encourage small U.S. businesses to engage in federally funded research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization. 

Small businesses are invited to submit applications for research projects in any of the following 24 specific technology areas: 

Collaboration and Partnership

  • NIST Technology Transfer

Data and Modeling

  • Interactive Software Tools for Processing QIF-formatted Part Models to Generate Realistic and Accurate Measurement Plans and Programs in Standard Digital Languages
  • Modeling and Simulation Analysis for Manufacturing Systems
  • Nondestructive Testing Qualification of Complex Parts with Digital Image Correlation and Digital Signatures
  • Parallel Algorithms for Processing Huge Sparsely Labeled Datasets on Clusters of Multicore Processors for Health Care and Manufacturing Applications

Precision Measurements

  • Atomic Vapor Cell Technology for Electric-Field Metrology
  • Innovative Manufacturing of Nanoscale Calibration Spheres
  • Multichannel, Chemically Precise X-ray Pulse Processor
  • Picogram-scale Atomic Force Microscopy Probes with Integrated Nanophotonic Readout 
  • Precision 10 kV Programmable Voltage Source
  • Quantum-based Compact Programmable Primary Thermometer
  • Steel Corrosion Detection Technology Using THz Waves: A Field-operable Unit Based on NIST Spectroscopic Technology
  • Superconducting RF Filters for Advanced Signal Processing


  • An Automated System for Firearm Evidence Identifications
  • Design Recovery Driven Porting and Refactoring of Fortran 77 Codes for Performance, Sustainability, and Consistency
  • Digital Data Structure Understanding Tools
  • Facilitating Security, Reliability, and Privacy in Networked Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
  • High-speed Large Field-of-View Optical Microscope
  • Infrastructure Requirements, Strategy and Architecture to Enable Scalable Scientific Data and Metadata Acquisition and Curation in Support of the Materials Genome Initiative 
  • Low-latency High-reliability Wireless Protocol for Advanced Manufacturing Applications
  • Medical Device Cybersecurity Tools or Compensating Controls
  • Policy Machine/Next-generation Access Control Implementation
  • Smart Visualization for Smart Manufacturing
  • Sources of and Triggers for Cybersecurity Failures

Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2017. Complete information on the opportunity is available at, and more information about the NIST program can be found on the NIST SBIR program website.

Released January 13, 2017, Updated January 8, 2018