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New ATP Awards Announced

October 18, 2002

The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) has announced 40 awards potentially totaling $101.6 million in ATP funding matched by an industry cost-share of $92 million if carried through to completion. These awards were selected from proposals submitted to 2002 competition.

Managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ATP provides cost-shared funding to industry-led teams which can include non-profits and universities to help advance particularly challenging, high-risk research and development projects that have the potential to spark important, broad-based economic or social benefits for the U.S. The program supports projects that industry cannot fully fund on its own because of significant technical risks.

ATP awards are made on the basis of a rigorous competitive peer review process that considers scientific and technical merit of each proposal. In addition, awards are based on potential for broad-based economic benefits to the nation, the need for ATP funding, and evidence of a clear commercialization pathway and broad diffusion. ATP accelerates enabling technology research but does not support product development work.

A listing of the 2002 ATP award-winners is available at: http://www.atp.nist.gov/awards/02announce.htm