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NIST Standards Coordination Office Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program

Enriching college curricula to raise awareness of the role of standards and standardization in science, technology, engineering, math, law, public policy, business, and other related or multi-disciplinary fields. 

NIST Standards Coordination Office Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program
Awardees 2012-2022
News Items

The Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing the FY23 Program was released on April 5; the deadline for proposals is June 4, 2023. To apply, please see the NOFO for further information. 

Eligible applicants may apply for awards of up to $150,000 to integrate standards education into undergraduate or graduate-level courses. Funding is awarded in an open, competitive process. 


The Standards Coordination Office (SCO) Standards Services introduced the “Education Challenge Grants” program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The program began with a budget of $150,000; six small grants were awarded to launch the program, supporting the development of new learning resources and course modules integrating standards into the formal curriculum in business and engineering programs. The following year, the program was changed from a grant program to a cooperative agreement program, allowing SCO to work more closely with award recipients and to provide greater support to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization. In 2023, the name of the program became the SCO Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. 

The number of awards given fluctuates each year based on various factors such as the number of proposals received and funding available. The evaluation criteria have evolved as NIST continues to improve the program each year, but the essential goal has remained the same—support for standards education at US colleges and universities. 

Program Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on their ability to meet criteria in four major categories:

  • Technical Project Approach and Project Execution Plan;
  • Communication and Dissemination Plan;
  • Qualifications and Experience of Key Personnel; and
  • Resource Availability.

Updated News

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity for Standards Curricula Development Program 
Application Deadline: June 4, 2023

NIST’s Standards Coordination Office Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program (SCOCD CAP) is seeking applications to develop and incorporate undergraduate and graduate level curricula about documentary standards, standards development, and standardization into seminars, modules, courses, and learning resources using sustainable approaches that can be replicated and built upon. Accredited institutions of higher education located in the United States or its territories are eligible to apply. Applications may include proposed sub-awards or contracts with non-profits, commercial organizations and other U.S. institutions of higher education. Awards will range from $100,000 to $150,000 with a project performance period of up to three years. Click here to apply.  

Penn Program on Regulation launches a new curricular resource site that showcases the importance of voluntary codes and standards

The University of Pennsylvania Law School and Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) received two awards under the NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program to develop course modules and case studies on legal and administrative issues related to codes and standards. The curricula is now available on a new website,, and can be used to integrate the study of codes and standards into core and elective courses in law schools and public policy graduate programs. The content is organized into five segments:(1Introduction to Codes and Standards; (2) Standard Essential Patents; (3) Incorporation by Reference; (4) Risk Regulation; and (5) Federal Preemption. All of the materials needed to support one or more class modules are provided.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Launches NIST-Funded Project to Develop Standards Education Curricula

November 28, 2022 - RIT was recently awarded a grant to develop curricular modules on infrastructure improvement and resilience to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to standards. The modules will include case studies and simulation exercises that can be used in traditional classroom and online courses. The new curricula will be integrated into RIT degree programs in construction management, environmental sustainability, health and safety, and computing security, as well as smart grid and architectural engineering curriculum at partnering institutions.   

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    • NIST Standards Coordination Office Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program
    Created May 16, 2016, Updated April 13, 2023