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Notice of Funding Opportunity for Standardization Center of Excellence – Application Deadline Aug 7, 2024


NIST’s Standards Coordination Office has announced a funding opportunity for eligible applicants to establish and maintain a Standardization Center of Excellence as a public-private partnership through a cooperative agreement that will support U.S. engagement in international standardization for critical and emerging technologies (CETs) that are essential to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. The scope of this institutional award encompasses all critical areas of standardization such as pre-standardization engagement, measurement standards, reference standards, documentary standards, conformity assessment, and management systems. The center will focus on four broad areas: pre-standardization engagement, workforce capacity building, an information and data sharing hub, and a collaborative pilot program in CETs. 

When developing the submission timeline, please keep in mind that: (1) all applicants are required to have current registrations in the electronic System for Award Management ( and; (2) the free annual registration process in the generally takes between three and five business days but can take more than three weeks. 

Anticipated Amount

In fiscal year 2024, NIST anticipates funding one award of up to $6 million for the first two years of the award, then up to $3 million per year for up to three additional years. 

Application Deadline

11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Aug. 7, 2024.

Webinar Information Session

NIST will host a webinar information session for applicants who are interested in learning about this funding opportunity on July 11, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will provide general information regarding 2024-NIST-SCOE-01 and offer general guidance on preparing proposals.

Register for the webinar information session here. 


View Grant Opportunity Details 

Webinar Information Session: NIST will host a webinar information session on July 11, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will provide general information regarding 2024-NIST-SCOE-01 and offer general guidance on preparing proposals. Register here

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