National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) -- Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP)

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NIST Precision Measurement Grants Program (PMGP) is seeking applications from eligible applicants to support significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants.

The PMGP was started in 1970 to support research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants, enabling the faculties at universities and colleges and laboratory researchers to conduct significant research in this area. By funding the research projects of eligible applicants through this program, NIST supports advances in fundamental measurement, the determination of fundamental constants, and fosters extramural collaboration with NIST scientists. The PMGP also is intended to make it possible for researchers to pursue new ideas for which other sources of support may be difficult to find. There is some latitude in research topics that will be considered under the PMGP.


  • REQUIRED Pre-Application:  April 9, 2024
  • Invited full proposals: July 9, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

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. Also note that before proposals from federal agencies can be awarded, applicants must affirm that their agency has legal authority to receive funds from another federal agency in excess of their appropriation. Because this notice is not proposing to procure goods or services from applicants, the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. section 1535) does not provide this authority.



Amount Description

In Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), NIST anticipates funding at most two (2) awards for a total of $100,000 to fund the first year of the new awards. Subject to the Multi-Year Funding Policy described in Section II.2. of this NOFO, the new awards will be supported up to $50,000 per year with project performance periods of up to three (3) years, for a total of up to $150,000 per award.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

April 9, 2024