NIST launches civil infrastructure competition

The TIP seeks proposals to help the United States meet crucial needs in civil infrastructure applications. TIP will host several conferences to help educate potential proposal submitters.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Technology Innovation Program (TIP) has announced its first competition. TIP is soliciting proposals under this fiscal year 2008 competition in one area of critical nation need (CNN) entitled "Civil Infrastructure."

The objective of this area of critical national need is to address two elements of a Civil Infrastructure Structural Integrity societal challenge. The two elements are inspection and monitoring of the United Statesí Civil Infrastructure Structural Integrity as outlined in the white paper, "Advanced Sensing Technologies for the Infrastructure: Roads, Highways, Bridges and Water Systems." (www.nist.gov/tip/cnn_white_paperfinal.pdf)  The white paper explains why this CNN topic has been chosen and defines technical/societal challenges.

The due date of proposal submission is Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008. Review, selection, and award processing are expected to be completed by the end of November 2008. TIP funding is to be obligated at the beginning of December 2008.

TIP's purpose is to assist United States business and institutions of higher education or other organizations, such as national laboratories and nonprofit research institutions, to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need.

The final TIP Rule has been approved and is now available on the TIP website, www.nist.gov/tip/final_rule_frn.pdf. To apply, visit, www.nist.gov/tip/comp08_apply.html. In addition, TIP will be holding public meetings (Proposers' Conferences) at several locations, www.nist.gov/tip/2008_proposers_conferences.html. Proposers' conferences will provide general information regarding TIP, guidance on preparing proposals, and the opportunity for questions and answers. No registration fee will be charged.