National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Comprehensive Cooperative Agreement Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NIST Center for Neutron Research is seeking competitive applications from eligible applicants for activities that will advance the research of NCNR users and NIST scientists by: (i) operating neutron instrumentation at the NCNR; (ii) developing new neutron instrumentation and measurement capabilities at the NCNR; (iii) conducting collaborative research with NIST scientists and visiting researchers at the NCNR; (iv) broadly disseminating the results from neutron research and the development of new neutron measurement technologies to the scientific community; (v) research on neutron delivery systems, such as cold sources, beams and guides, nuclear reactor core analysis, optimization, and methodologies to support novel neutron source concepts; and (vi) undertaking education and outreach activities that promote the use of neutrons by academic and industrial scientists and that contribute to the development of the next generation of neutron scientists.

Neutrons play an essential role in the nation’s scientific infrastructure, as they provide detailed information about the structure and dynamics of materials that is challenging or even impossible to obtain using other methods. Neutron studies advance a wide variety of technologies including those pertaining to biopharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, personal care products, advanced polymers, energy conversion and storage technologies, chemical production and separation, advanced data storage systems, quantum information technologies, dissipation-free electronics, and advanced engineering materials such as those produced through additive manufacturing.

Deadline: May 15, 2023

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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; for-profit organizations incorporated in the United States; state, local, territorial, and Indian tribal governments; foreign public entities; and foreign organizations. 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.



Amount Description

In Fiscal Year 2023, NIST anticipates funding one (1) – three (3) awards for up to $12,000,000 per award with a project performance period of up to five (5) years.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

May 15, 2023