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ATP Announces Details on Competition, Proposers’ Conferences

April 02, 2007

Approximately $60 million is expected to be available under a new Advanced Technology Program (ATP) competition to support high-risk industrial R&D projects, the program announced today.

As part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ATP offers funding for specific research projects by individual companies or industry-led joint ventures to accelerate the development of innovative technologies. Multiyear awards are made on a cost-shared basis for technically challenging, high-risk research that has the potential for broad national benefit. The program encourages path-breaking research on emerging or enabling technologies that lead to revolutionary new products and industrial processes and services that address national priorities and generate large societal benefits.


A single company can receive a total of up to $2 million for R&D activities over a three-year period. For single-company recipients, ATP funds may only be used to pay direct costs. A joint venture can receive funds for R&D activities for up to five years, with no funding limitation other than available funds.


Projects are selected in a competitive, peer-reviewed process. Project proposals must be submitted to ATP by 3 p.m. Eastern time, on Monday, May 21, 2007.


To provide potential applicants with general information regarding the program, tips on preparing proposals, and the opportunity for questions and answers, ATP is holding five public Proposers’ Conferences on April 13, 2007, in Gaithersburg, Md.; on April 16, 2007, in Detroit; on April 18, 2007, in Boston, and Los Angeles; and on April 20, 2007, in Austin. There is no registration fee, and applicants are not required to attend one of these conferences. The April 13 Proposers' Conference in Gaithersburg will be webcast.


Full information on the 2007 ATP competition and conferences is available at http://www.atp.nist.gov/atp/helpful.htm.