NIST Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
***Note: Your university deadline could be earlier
Applications consist of two parts:
(1) Students must provide student cover sheet, student application information 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 program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student.
(2) The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and must nominate one or more students. Additionally, the university submits the student and university application materials via Grants.Gov.
The FY2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity notice contains the official program announcement with application due dates and all other requirements applicable to the 2017 program. Another copy of the announcement can be found on the Grants.gov site.
Applicants are required to apply for the SURF program online via Grants.gov. On Grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the application package and associated proposal information via the Grants.gov website. Applicants should follow the Application Instructions provided at Grants.gov when submitting a response to this funding opportunity. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to start early and not wait to the approaching due date before logging on and reviewing the instructions for submitting an application through Grants.gov . NOTE: NIST can only extend application submissions under special circumstances (i.e. weather conditions) as outline in the Federal Funding Opportunity.
The SURF Program at the Gaithersburg campus is anticipated to run between May 22 – August 4, 2017 or June 5 – August 4, 2017; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots). Students are expected to participate in the program until August 4, 2017.
You will find a list of frequently asked questions here:
The Application Package includes the following documents that are downloadable PDF files readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Institution Application Component
- Student Application Components
- Cover Sheet (one should be completed and submitted for each student)
- Student Application Information Form
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency
NOTE: The student application packet is required to be submitted to the University Contact for inclusion in the institutional application.
To see the breath of the SURF program, see examples from the past SURF student projects descriptions and activities: