The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will award approximately $250,000 to fund cooperative agreements for curricula development that will educate students about the impact, nature and value of standards and standardization so they develop a strong understanding and appreciation for the role of standards in the domestic and global marketplace.
By providing specifications that ensure the reliability and interoperability of products and services, standards help to ensure their safety and reliability and to facilitate commerce. NIST plays a key role in the development of standards in the United States by working with industry and standards development organizations to provide the technical and scientific underpinnings that support sound standards.
The NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program is designed to help integrate standards and standardization content into undergraduate and graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Since the program’s inception in 2012, the number of applicants has steadily increased and, to date, 27 awards have been made.
Awardees have developed curricula that cover a wide range of topics, including various science and engineering disciplines, as well as business, public policy, and law. In fiscal year 2017, NIST plans to fund up to eight projects of $25,000 to $75,000 each, for up to 24 months.
Accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S. or its territories are eligible, as are other organizations that are partnered with an accredited institution. Applicants are evaluated on their ability to meet criteria in four major categories: technical project approach and methodology; communication plan; staffing; and resources availability.
Applications must be submitted through grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, March 27, 2017.
Contact: Mary Jo DiBernardo, NIST, Standards Coordination Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.975.5503.