NIST needs a few good ideas

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for a few good ideas for its Technology Initiative Program.

NIST has put out a request for 'suggestions on areas of critical national and societal needs that could be addressed by transformative new technologies,' according to a release from the agency. The ideas could be included in competitions for research and development funding under TIP.

White papers describing a need and how technology could address it should be submitted by Nov. 1. "A Guide for Preparing and Submitting White Papers on Areas of Critical National Need" on NIST's Web site gives instructions on preparing the white papers. The guide also is available by calling 1-888-847-6478.

Established under the 2007 America COMPETES Act, TIP is designed to conduct high-risk, high-reward research addressing areas of critical national need. The competitive program funds cost-shared R&D projects by individual small or midsize businesses or joint ventures that can include institutions of higher education, nonprofit research organizations and national laboratories.

Additional information on TIP is available here.

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Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.

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