NIST -- Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

: The NIST PREP is seeking applications from eligible institutions of higher education in the U.S. and its territories that offer two- or four- year degrees in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to establish and manage a program to support collaborative research relationships in the NIST labs. Eligible applicants may apply to establish and manage a program at the relevant NIST campuses in Boulder, Colorado (CO) (PREP Boulder), Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD) (PREP Gaithersburg), and/or Charleston, South Carolina (SC) (PREP Gaithersburg).

Deadline: Sep. 23, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

: Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education that offer two- or four-year degrees in the U.S. and its territories in academic disciplines relevant to the technical programs of the NIST laboratories and major programs. For the purposes of this NOFO, these disciplines include (but may not be limited to) artificial intelligence, biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, electronics, information technology, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron science, physical sciences, physics, social sciences, scientific/technical writing, science and technology policy, and statistics. Although Federal entities are not eligible to receive funding under this NOFO, they may participate as unfunded collaborators.

Amount Description

: In FY22, NIST anticipates funding up to nine (9) awards for approximately $200 million in total with a project performance period of up to five years. New awards are expected to range from approximately $250,000 to $20,000,000 annually at PREP Boulder and from $500,000 to $24,000,000 annually at PREP Gaithersburg, 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. NIST may fund up to approximately $200 million for PREP awards operating across the NIST campuses in Boulder, CO, Gaithersburg, MD and Charleston, SC over five years. The specific number of awards will be determined during the selection process, based on the nature and quality of the proposals NIST receives and funding availability.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 23, 2022