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NIST Announces Funding for 2020 Standards Curricula Development Program

Application deadline extended to June 24

Please note the application deadline for this year’s Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program has been extended from June 15 to June 24. In addition, the page limit for the Technical Proposal has been increased. Visit to review the amendment to the funding opportunity at



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to award funding for 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, 33 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 2020, NIST may 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. Applicants are evaluated on their ability to meet criteria in four major categories: technical project approach and methodology; communication plan; staffing; and resource availability.

Applications must be submitted through no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, June 24, 2020.

Contact: NIST, Standards Coordination Office, SSCD CAP: sscdcap [at] (sscdcap[at]nist[dot]gov)


Released June 12, 2020, Updated November 12, 2021