Wednesday, August 13, 2008

NIST TIP Briefing This Thursday AM at UCF!

This is a short notice, but I thought some of you might be interested in hearing the briefing on the NIST Technology Innovation program this Thursday:

If you haven’t heard already, the NIST briefing will be on Thursday morning from 9-11 in Engineering II Room 101 (Harris Auditorium). I hope that you know of people and companies who may be interested in teaming with us to submit a proposal in response to this solicitation.

Dear all,

I will have Marc Stanley, the director of the NIST Technology Innovation program, on campus next month to meet with interested faculty and companies who may want to respond to the solicitation (see below). The meeting will be held on the morning of Thursday, August 14 in the College of Engineering (details forthcoming). If you know of any faculty or companies who are working in the area of sensors and related technologies (see below) who would be interested in meeting with Mr. Stanley, please let me know. Please note that the competition requires a partnership with a company to be eligible for funding.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced on July 9, 2008 that it is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop innovative technologies for inspecting, monitoring and evaluating critical components of the nation’s roadways, bridges, and drinking and wastewater systems. The competition for cost-shared research and development (R&D) support is the first to be announced by NIST’s newly established Technology Innovation Program (TIP) in an effort to address critical societal challenges.

NIST announced that, based on FY 2008 funds, it expects to award approximately $9 million in first-year funding for R&D projects focused on new, efficient, accurate, low-cost and reliable sensors and related technologies that provide quantitative assessments of the structural integrity or degree of deterioration of bridges, roads, water mains and wastewater collection systems. The competition, program officials said, addresses a critical national need for improved sensing technologies to help local, state, and national authorities more cost-effectively monitor and maintain the Nation’s vast public infrastructure, some portions of which have been in place for many years and are rapidly and dangerously aging.TIP was established by the 2007 America COMPETES Act to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. The merit-based competitive program can fund cost-shared R&D projects by single small-sized or medium-sized businesses and joint ventures that also may include institutions of higher education, non-profit research organizations and national laboratories. TIP awards are limited to no more than $3 million total over three years for a single company project and no more than $9 million total over five years for a joint venture.

Greg Schuckman, UCF

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