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NIST Awards Grants for construction of 5 science facilities.
Press Release Summary:
Oct 11, 2010 - NIST awarded $50 million in grants to 5 institutions to support construction of new scientific research facilities. According to grantees, projects receiving funding under NIST Construction Grant Program (NCGP) will contribute to almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects. US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said these grants will help US produce world-leading research in science and technology that will advance economic growth and international competitiveness.
Original Press Release
Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology Awards $50 Million in Grants for the Construction of Five Science Facilities
Press release date: Sep 29, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded a total of $50 million in grants to five institutions to support the construction of new scientific research facilities that will explore everything from nanometer-scale electronics and "green" buildings to microbe ecosystems in the oceans. The five projects receiving funding under the NIST Construction Grant Program (NCGP) will contribute to almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects, according to grantees.
"Strengthening research and development in the United States is critical to our ability to create jobs and remain competitive," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "These construction grants will help the U.S. produce world-leading research in science and technology that will advance our economic growth and international competitiveness. "The five grants announced today under the Construction Grant Program include:
These NIST grants fund new or expanded facilities for scientific research in areas of study covered by NIST and Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including measurement science, nanotechnology, building technology and oceanography. Sponsoring organizations must be institutions of higher education or nonprofit science research organizations.
The competition for these awards was announced in February (http://www.nist.gov/director/ncgp/ncgp_022510.cfm), and NIST received more than 100 proposals. Applications were 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. Applicant organizations must fund at least 20 percent of the annual project costs.
For more on the NIST Construction Grant Program, visit: www.nist.gov/director/ncgp/. For additional information, contact Michael Baum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-975-2763.
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