New Plan Outlines Future R&D Grant Directions for NIST

Competitions in civil infrastructure, manufacturing, energy, health care, water resources, complex networks, and sustainability are foreseen.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has posted a Three-Year Plan outlining the topics of possible future competitions for R&D funding under the agency's Technology Innovation Program (TIP). The research funding road map, which looks three years past the current fiscal year, proposes a range of TIP competitions in the fields of civil infrastructure, manufacturing, energy, health care, water resources, complex networks and sustainability.

"We are posting the TIP three-year plan to keep our user community -- industrial and academic research groups in this case -- informed of our current plans for future R&D funding competitions," said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "But I want to stress that these are not engraved in stone. If you have better ideas, we'd like to hear from you."

Proposed TIP competition topics through FY 2014, according to the plan, would include advanced sensing technologies and advanced repair materials for civil infrastructure; advanced materials, biomanufacturing and manufacturing processes and robotics and intelligent automation for manufacturing; technologies to enable a smart grid; technologies for personalized medicine; technologies for water availability; complex networks; and sustainability.

The TIP Three-Year Plan is available at www.nist.gov/tip/upload/tip_programmatic_plan_fy2011_fy2014_01_25_2011.pdf.

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