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NIST extends response period for comments on AMTech program.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 04, 2011 - To accommodate additional interested parties, NIST announced 30-day extension on request seeking public comment on the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program. NIST's Request for Information asked for public comments on how to structure the proposed new program, which would foster public-private research consortia focused on long-term industrial research needs in the area of advanced manufacturing. Comment period now ends on Thursday, Oct 20, 2011.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

NIST Extends Response Period for Comments on Proposed New Advanced Manufacturing Program

Press release date: Sep 23, 2011

To accommodate additional interested parties, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a 30-day extension on a request seeking public comment on the proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program. The comment period now ends 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

NIST's original Request for Information (RFI), published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2011, asked for public comments on how to structure the proposed new program, which would foster public-private research consortia focused on long-term industrial research needs in the area of advanced manufacturing.

The RFI asks interested parties to answer 23 questions about eligibility for consortia membership, selection criteria for research funds, best practices for maximizing small business participation or disseminating results, and a number of other topics.

Comments will be accepted by email only to AMtechRFC@nist.gov. All comments will be made publicly available.

The original Federal Register notice is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-22/pdf/2011-18580.pdf. The Federal Register notice approving the extended comment period is at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/pdf/2011-24538.pdf. The description of the AMTech Program in NIST's fiscal year 2012 budget request (pages 250 to 254) is available at: http://www.osec.doc.gov/bmi/budget/12CJ/2012_NIST_&_NTIS_Cong_Budget.pdf.

For additional information, contact Barbara Lambis, (301) 975-4447, barbara.lambis@nist.gov, or Michael D. Walsh, (301) 975-5455, michael.walsh@nist.gov. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.