NIST: Dear Colleague Letter: NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS


NSF and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shared interests in a variety of basic and applied scientific and engineering fields. This program is designed to facilitate collaborative researchand educational activities between NIST scientific and engineering staff and researchers supported by NSF. Support may be requested through use of supplemental funding requests to existing NSF awards for travel expenses and per diem associated with work onsite at NIST for NSF-supported PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars, undergraduate and graduate students and other personnel associated with the NSF-NIST collaborative research.

This Dear Colleague Letter is intended to facilitate interactions between Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars and both undergraduate and graduate students supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST operates a vast array of instruments and measurement systems, both commercial equipment and specialized tools developed by NIST researchers. Researchers from industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations interested in working collaboratively with NISTresearchers on projects of mutual interest may access these systems as part of that research. Supplemental support to existing NSF awards may be requested to allow PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars and both undergraduate and graduate students on these awards to participate in such collaborative research at NIST.

This program provides supplements to NSF-supported researchers with active awards in the participating divisions within NSF’s Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorates for collaboration with researchers in the NIST Laboratories and User Facilities.

National Science Foundation
1. Directorate for Biological Sciences
a. Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)

2. Directorate for Engineering
a. Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
b. Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
c. Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)
d. Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)
e. Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)

3. Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
a. Division of Chemistry (CHE)
b. Division of Materials Research (DMR)
c. Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)