Got research? NIST could show you the money.

IT, smart grid and control system security and systems integration are among the research subjects for which the National Institute of Standards and Technology is making funding available for fiscal 2012.

NIST announced a call for measurement science and engineering research proposals this month in nine funding programs supporting the agency’s research and development labs.

Although the total amount of available funding was not announced, in fiscal 2011 the programs funded 86 research projects with a total of $15.6 million. There is no deadline for applications, although applications received after June 1 for most of the programs might be considered for the next fiscal year, depending on the availability of funding.

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The funding programs are:

  • Material measurement.
  • Physical measurement.
  • Engineering.
  • Fire research.
  • Information technology.
  • Neutron research.
  • Nanoscale science and technology.
  • Standards services group.
  • Office of Special Programs.

The IT Lab program supports research advancing networking, cloud computing, complex systems, computer forensics, information access, cybersecurity, health IT, smart grid and software testing. An extensive list of specific objectives in which NIST is interested is available in the announcement.

The IT Lab program expects to fund projects at a range of $10,000 to $500,000 each for up to five years. In fiscal 2011 it awarded 23 grants totaling $4.5 million.

Included in the Engineering Lab program are opportunities for research on smart-grid technology and cyber-physical systems, with the aim of meeting measurement science and standards needs for these systems. The Engineering Lab program also includes a systems integration division for pursing state-of-the-art IT-based solutions for manufacturing systems integration problems. This research would be done in collaboration with NIST in areas including supply chain logistics, supplier discovery, life cycle analysis tools, and a host of green manufacturing and operational efficiency areas.

The Engineering Lab expects to fund projects at a range of between $5,000 and $500,000 each for up to five years. In fiscal 2011 the program awarded 11 new grants totaling $2.2 million.


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