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NIST NOFO Information

Current Funding Opportunities

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Announcements will be posted in this section upon the opening of the applicable application periods. Click on a URL to view the full NOFO which contains information about the opportunity, applicant eligibility, application requirements, and directions on how to apply.


Announcement of Notice of Funding Opportunity Title Description Deadline URL
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Services, 2020‐NIST‐MEP‐AMTS‐01 NIST invites proposals from current recipients of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center cooperative
agreements (MEP Centers) to deploy advanced manufacturing technology services to U.S. manufacturers in the broad area of Industry /
Manufacturing 4.0, with an emphasis on serving the technology‐based needs of small U.S. manufacturers (hereinafter referred to as small U.S.
manufacturers). For the purpose of this program, Industry / Manufacturing 4.0 includes any combination of technologies that, when implemented
individually or collectively, enables the operation of digitally‐connected, smart manufacturing systems within factories and across manufacturing
supply chains. Implementation of these Industry / Manufacturing 4.0 technologies by small U.S. manufacturers should facilitate improved product
quality and innovation, improved manufacturing process efficiency, and increased supply chain connectivity. Ultimately, this should result in small
U.S. manufacturers being more competitive in the marketplace and being afforded business growth opportunities.
Full-Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, February 6, 2020.‐manufacturing‐technology‐services


2020-NIST-PMGP-01 Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP)   

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

The PMGP is seeking applications from eligible applicants to support significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants.    

Pre-applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, February 7, 2020. Full-Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, May 21, 2020.

Request for Application (RFA) NIST Community Resilience Center of Excellence Renewal. 2020-NIST-COMM-RES-COE-01

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

The NIST is soliciting a renewal application from Colorado State University for the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, in which NIST researchers collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers on development of tools and standardized methods that will enhance the disaster resilience of communities and their built environment through innovations in measurement science and in new modeling, simulation, data, and informatics tools coupled with field studies.

Full-Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, November 30, 2019.
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking Prize

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program is seeking applicants with expertise in prize competitions to collaborate with technical experts from NIST, industry/academia, and public safety to serve as Prize Administrator in developing and implementing the First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking (FR3D) Prize. The FR3D Prize competition aims to achieve game-changing performance of sensors and systems for localization and tracking of first responders operating indoors in a variety of building environments without any benefit of pre-deployed dedicated infrastructure. The PSIAP seeks to attract experts and innovators from industry and academia to focus on this difficult challenge by offering a monetary prize purse and unique opportunities for live testing and evaluation. Administration of the FR3D Prize will include all aspects of prize development, project management, and execution.


Pre-Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, December 9, 2019.

 Full-Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, April 20, 2020.
Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs

NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) within the following NIST grant programs: 

(1)   the Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services (ADIIS);

(2)   the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP);

(3)   the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL);

(4)   the Engineering Laboratory (EL);

(5)   Fire Research (FR);

(6)   the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL);

(7)   the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO);

(8)   the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML);

(9)   the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR); 

(10) the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML);

(11) the Special Programs Office (SPO); and

(12) the Standards Coordination Office (SCO).

This funding opportunity will result in the award of grants or cooperative agreements.  A grant or cooperative agreement is not the correct funding vehicle if the principal purpose is to provide products or services for the direct benefit or use of the federal government. 

2019-NIST-MSE-01 accepts applications on a rolling basis. The announcement remains active until a new announcement is issued.


NIST MEP Competitive Awards Program NIST invites applications from current MEP Centers to add capabilities to the MEP Program, including the development of projects to solve new or emerging manufacturing problems, that are not already provided for under an applicant’s and its collaborating Center’s base MEP award. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis
General information regarding NIST financial assistance award programs may be directed to Christopher Hunton at cChristopher.hunton [at] or 301-975-5718 


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Created July 17, 2009, Updated December 27, 2019