Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation's premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences and, as the lead Federal agency for technology transfer, it provides a strong interface between government, industry and academia. NIST embodies a science culture, developed from a large and well-equipped research staff that enthusiastically blends programs that address the immediate needs of industry with longer-term research that anticipates future needs. In this context, NIST is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to provide administrative support for the NIST Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program. The awardee(s) in this program will enable graduate students accepted for the program to obtain laboratory experiences within the NIST laboratories in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that are pertinent to research priorities at NIST and support the students' work towards their graduate degrees.

The recipient will work with NIST to foster collaborative research relationships among NIST, master’s and doctoral-level graduate students, and the students’ academic institutions in STEM disciplines that are pertinent to research priorities at NIST. The recipient may cooperate with any accredited U.S. institution(s) of higher learning and/or other organization(s) in planning and implementing the GMSE Fellowship Program. The awardee(s) will administer the application process for potential graduate student participants and facilitate distribution of funds to students selected to participate in the GMSE program through their graduate institutions. The funding will be delivered to recipient institutions on behalf of participating students. The awardee(s) will also be responsible for collecting information related to the technical progress of the selected students during their tenure in the GMSE program. The awardee(s) will coordinate with the NIST International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) and NIST Technical Advisors (designated laboratory personnel) to identify potential collaborative research opportunities for students applying for the program.

Deadline: March 23, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the program listed in this NOFO is open to all nonFederal entities. Eligible applicants include: accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; commercial organizations; and state, local and Indian tribal governments. The applicant organization must be located in the United States and its territories. Please note that individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible to apply under this NOFO. Although Federal entities are not eligible to receive funding under this NOFO, they may participate as unfunded collaborators.

NIST is not accepting applications from individual graduate-level researchers to conduct work within the NIST laboratories on any NIST campus. This NOFO seeks only applications from institutions with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and manage a GMSE Fellowship Program that will provide master’s and doctoral-level graduate students with opportunities and financial assistance to obtain laboratory experiences within the NIST laboratories.

Amount Description

Approximately $650,000 may be made available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the first year of multi-year awards to eligible applicants. New awards are expected to range from approximately $200,000 to $650,000 annually, with project performance periods of up to five (5) years, consistent with the multi-year funding policy described in Section II.2. of this NOFO. Thus, NIST may fund up to approximately $3,250,000 for the GMSE Fellowship Program over five (5) years. The specific number of awards will be determined during the selection process, based on the nature and quality of the proposals NIST receives.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

March 23, 2021