NIST -- Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) within the following NIST grant programs:
(1) Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services (ADIIS);
(2) Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP);
(3) CHIPS Research & Development Program Office (CRDO)
(4) Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL);
(5) Engineering Laboratory (EL);
(6) Fire Research (FR);
(7) Information Technology Laboratory (ITL);
(8) International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO);
(9) Material Measurement Laboratory (MML);
(10) NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR);
(11) Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML);
(12) Special Programs Office (SPO); and
(13) Standards Coordination Office (SCO).

NIST’s mission is to drive innovation and industrial competitiveness through measurement science and standards by cultivating a culture of belonging that integrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all ways of working. One component of this mission is NIST’s ongoing effort to develop a diverse, world-class pool of scientists and engineers to engage in NIST's measurement science and standards research, and to support the development of a general population that understands and appreciates measurement science and standards. NIST also seeks to collaborate with a wide range of organizations, including but not limited to minority-serving institutions such as Historically Black colleges and universities, as well as community colleges, in support of NIST's mission.

Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis as they are received. 

To be considered for funding in the current fiscal year, applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1st. Applications received after this deadline may be processed and considered for funding in current fiscal year or in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds.

Closing Date: March 5, 2026

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for all programs listed in this NOFO is open to all non-Federal entities. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, state and local governments, Indian tribes, hospitals, foreign public entities, and foreign governments. NIST seeks to collaborate with a wide range of organizations and encourages minority-serving institutions of higher education to apply. Please note that individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible to apply under this NOFO.

Amount Description

See solicitation for details.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 5, 2026