NIST -- Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NIST is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for a Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program that will provide doctoral-level graduate students with opportunities and financial assistance to obtain laboratory experiences within the NIST laboratories in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The recipient will work with NIST to foster collaborative STEM research relationships among NIST, doctoral-level graduate students, and the students’ academic institutions.

Specifically, the recipient will work cooperatively with NIST to: 
1) identify (with NIST) and financially support doctoral-level graduate students to conduct on-site collaborative research with NIST staff at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; and/or Boulder, Colorado; 
2) engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in measurement science and engineering at NIST with academic institution faculty and their students to enable long-term collaborative relationships between NIST, doctoral-level graduate students and the students’ academic institutions; and 
3) conduct outreach to enhance student participation in the GMSE Fellowship Program in an effort to increase the STEM workforce. 

Deadline: Apr. 7, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

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. An eligible organization may work individually or include proposed sub-awards or contracts with others in a project proposal, effectively forming a team or consortium. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to select underrepresented minorities for participation in the GMSE Fellowship Program. 

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

Amount

$650,000

Amount Description

Approximately $650,000 may be made available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 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 multiyear funding policy described in Section II.2. of this FFO. 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

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 7, 2016