SAN FRANCISCOThe U.S. Commerce Dept.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Thursday (Feb. 25) announced a competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at universities and nonprofit organizations.
NIST said it has $50 million available for the cost-sharing grants and anticipates funding three to five projects with grants of $10 to $15 million each.The grants will fund new or expanded facilities for scientific research in fields related to measurement science, oceanography, atmospheric research or telecommunications, NIST said.
"Our outstanding academic and non-profit research institutions have always been essential to the nation's economic and competitive strength," NIST Director Pat Gallagher said through a statement. "NIST's Construction Grant Program represents an important, long-term investment to ensure that these organizations have the state-of-art facilities needed to conduct their research."
Grant proposals will be evaluated based on three criteria: scientific and technical merit of the proposed use of the facility and the need for federal funding; quality of the design of the facility; and adequacy of the project management plan for construction of the facility, NIST said. Applicant organizations must fund at least 20 percent of the annual project costs to meet the cost-sharing requirement, the organization said.
Letters applying for the grants are due March 29. NIST expects to announce the awards in September, the organization said.