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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

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

The NIST is soliciting a renewal application from Iowa State University for the NIST Forensic Science Center of Excellence.   

Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb 24, 2020.

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites small businesses to submit Phase I research applications under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Science and technology-based firms with strong research capabilities in any of the areas listed in Section 9 of this NOFO are encouraged to participate. Applications must sufficiently identify and clearly address a specific NIST technical program area that falls within one of the research areas described in Section 9 (see Section 3.02.02(1)) or a NIST- patented technology available for licensing.

application closes 4/22/2020



Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

NIST invites applications from current recipients of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center cooperative agreements (MEP Centers) to perform assessments of small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in areas subject to a FEMA Disaster Declaration. These assessments should be designed to identify the impact, if any, to the operations of the SMMs as result of the subject disaster. MEP Centers receiving funding pursuant to this program must also assist impacted SMMs in identifying and accessing Federal, State and local resources to aid in business recovery efforts and, as appropriate, in the development of a risk mitigation plan for future disasters. Award recipients will further be required to share the results of their project, including disaster preparedness lessons learned and SMMs best practices, with other SMMs, NIST and the MEP National NetworkTM in order to help the SMM community with future disaster resilience planning efforts. See Section I. in the Full Announcement Text of this NOFO.



Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement or Grant

NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) within the following NIST grant programs:

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

 the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP);

 the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL);

 the Engineering Laboratory (EL);

 Fire Research (FR);

 the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL);

 the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO);

 the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML);

 the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR); 

 the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML);

 the Special Programs Office (SPO); and

 the Standards Coordination Office (SCO).

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.
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.
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 February 19, 2020