Interested in learning about the mission of NIST, the research opportunities available through the SURF Program, the application process for the SURF Program or a faculty member needing guidance on completing the federal forms? Please watch a recent recorded webinar for information about the 2017 SURF Program.
NIST Application deadline: February 15, 2017
***Note: Your university may have an earlier deadline
Applications consist of two parts:
(1) The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and must nominate one or more students. Inclusion of a narrative on each student is strongly encouraged.
(2) Students must provide an application cover sheet , student application form , copies of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent or personal statement. The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF NIST Boulder program and what areas of NIST research interest the student.
The NIST headquarters site in Gaithersburg, Maryland, also operates a SURF program with the same application. Students are encouraged to review research opportunities in the Gaithersburg SURF program. An application for one SURF program does not constitute an application for the other.
The names of contacts at schools that have participated in SURF in the past are available here. Students may contact these school representatives about submitting part 1 of the application (see above) to SURF NIST Boulder.
The SURF NIST Boulder program will run from May 22 through August 4, 2017; adjustments will be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., quarter systems).
The Information Package includes:
A list of the SURF NIST Boulder Project Opportunities will be posted soon
The 2017 Federal Funding Opportunity or the SURF NIST Boulder program.
The Application Package includes the following downloadable PDF files, readable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Application checklist (to be submitted with the application
Student Application Form (one should be submitted for each student)
Instructions for filling out federal forms
NOTE: The copies of the federal forms are for information only and cannot be submitted with your application package. You must download the application package using the Grants.gov compatible software.
Notice: NIST will disburse funds to college and university awardees via the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system.