Advanced Technology Program

To work in partnership with industry to foster the development and broad dissemination of challenging, high-risk technologies that offer the potential for significant, broad-based economic benefits for the nation.


Examples of Funded Projects

Printed wiring board manufacturing technology, flat panel display manufacturing, handwriting recognition, magnetoresistive random access memories, deep ultraviolet lasers, high temperature superconducting material processes, superconducting motors, stem cell expansion, viral inactivation, scalable high-density electronics, polymeric switches, nanocrystalline ceramics, polymer compatibilization, catalysis, biocatalysis, process chemistry, combinatorial methods, aquaculture, net-shaped ceramic processing, neural network controls, thermoplastic liquid composite molding, autonomous robots, digital image compression, software for managing complex healthcare data, and biochips for DNA diagnostics.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Advanced Technology Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive Stop 4701 Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4701.

Telephone: (1-800) ATP-FUND.

Fax: (301) 926-9524.

E-mail: atp@nist.gov.


Program Accomplishments

The ATP has made 768 awards since its first competition in 1990 - 218 to joint ventures and 550 to single companies. In fiscal year 2004, the ATP held a single competition open to all technology areas. ATP did not hold a competition in fiscal year 2005 and will not hold a competition in fiscal year 2006.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Single for-profit company recipients can receive ATP funds for R&D activities for up to 3 years, with ATP funding not to exceed $2 million.

ATP funds may only be used to pay for direct costs for single company recipients.

Single company recipients are responsible for funding all of their overhead/indirect costs.

Small and medium sized companies applying as single company proposers are not required to provide cost-sharing of direct costs.

Large companies applying as single company proposers, however, must cost-share at least 60 percent of the total project costs (direct plus indirect costs).

A large company is defined as any business, including any parent company plus related subsidiaries, having annual revenues in excess of $3.043 billion.

(Note that this number will likely change for future competitions and, if so, will be noted in future annual announcements of availability of funds and ATP Proposal Preparation Kits.) Joint ventures can receive ATP funds for R&D activities for up to 5 years, with ATP funding a minority share of the total project costs.

Joint ventures must cost-share (matching funds) more than 50 percent of the total project costs (direct plus indirect costs).

Joint ventures must consist of at least two separately-owned for-profit companies, both of which are substantially involved in the R&D and both contributing towards the matching fund requirement.

The joint venture may include additional for-profit companies, universities, governmental laboratories (excluding any NIST laboratory), independent research organizations, and/or nonprofit organizations, which may or may not contribute funds (other than Federal funds) to the project and perform R&D activities.

The joint venture need not be a legally constituted entity but can consist of companies who simply agree to collaborate on the R&D and divide tasks.

ATP funding may not be used to fund product development or be used to fund existing or planned research programs that would otherwise be conducted in the same period.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

U.S.

businesses and U.S.

joint research and development ventures.

Foreign-owned businesses are eligible for funding, provided they meet the requirements of Public Law 102-245, Sec.

201(c)(6-7).

Universities, government laboratories (excluding any NIST laboratory), independent research organizations, and/or nonprofit organizations, may participate as a member of a joint venture that includes at least two separately owned for-profit companies, both of which are substantially involved in the R&D and both contributing towards the matching-fund requirement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. businesses and U.S. joint ventures; and foreign-owned businesses that meet the requirements of Public Law 102-245, Section 201(c)(6-7).

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals with statements of work, business plans, and detailed budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable Federal costs principles found in OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for educational institutions, A-122 for nonprofit organizations, 48 CFR 31 for commercial organizations, and 45 CFR 74, Appendix E for hospitals.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Proposal are submitted under a multi-stage and sequential review process to reduce the amount of information required at one time. Required information is submitted at different stages as determinations are made by ATP that proposals have high merit based on the selection criteria. These stages in the review process are called "gates." Proposals must pass through each gate in order to receive funding. Proposals should be submitted only in response to formal competition announcements and requests for proposals published in the "Federal Register" and "Federal Funding Opportunity" available at www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Competitive award process based upon published selection criteria.

Deadlines

Deadlines for proposal submissions are contained in the formal competition announcements and requests for proposals published in the "Federal Register" and "Federal Funding Opportunity" available at www.grants.gov.

Authorization

Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418, Section 5131(a); American Technology Preeminence Act of 1991, Public Law 102-245, Section 201(c), 15 U.S.C. 278n.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 to 180 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

ATP awards may be renewed within the statutory time limitation based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds from Congress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

ATP funds may only be used to pay for direct costs for single company recipients. Single company recipients are responsible for funding all of their overhead/indirect costs. Small and medium sized companies applying as single company proposers are not required to provide cost-sharing of direct costs. Large companies applying as single company proposers, however, must cost-share at least 60 percent of the total project costs (direct plus indirect costs). A large company is defined as any business, including any parent company plus related subsidiaries, having annual revenues in excess of $3.043 billion. (Note that this number will likely change for future competitions and, if so, will be noted in future annual announcements of availability of funds and ATP Proposal Preparation Kits.) Joint ventures must cost-share (matching funds) more than 50 percent of the total project costs (direct plus indirect costs).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding for joint research and development ventures may be provided for no more than five years. Funds for single company awards may not exceed three years. The funds are released on an advance payment basis. Continued funding is contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of appropriated funding from Congress.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly and annual technical progress and business reports are required.

Audits

Audits of all recipients shall be conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (GAS), issued by the Comptroller General of the United States (the Yellow Book). Other requirements are as follows: 1) For single companies, the NIST Program-Specific Audit Guidelines for Advanced Technology Program (ATP) Cooperative Agreements with Single Companies, issued by the DoC/OIG; 2) for joint venture recipients, the NIST Program-Specific Audit Guidelines for Advanced Technology Program (ATP) Cooperative Agreements with Joint Ventures, issued by the DoC/OIG; and 3) ATP recipients covered under OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," should have an audit performed in accordance with the requirements of the OMB Circular. The program-specific audit guidelines may be useful in identifying the allowability of specific cost elements and other programmatic compliance. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Documents, papers, and financial records are required to remain available to the Federal government for 3 years from the date of submission of the final financial status report. All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients are required to be maintained in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-0525-0-1-376.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $434,000 to $31,000,000. Average: $2,900,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Implementing regulations are published at 15 CFR Part 295. The ATP Proposal Preparation Kit may be obtained by contacting the ATP toll-free "hotline" number (1-800) ATP-FUND or (1-800) 287-3863. The Kit is also available on the Internet on the ATP website www.atp.nist.gov. An electronic form for requesting general information from ATP and/or to have your name on the ATP mailing list is available at http//www.atp.nist.gov/atpform.htm. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Advanced Technology Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive Stop 4701 Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4701. Telephone: (1-800) ATP-FUND. Fax: (301) 926-9524. E-mail: atp@nist.gov.

Headquarters Office

Barbara Lambis, Advanced Technology Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4700, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4700. Telephone: (301) 975-4447. Use the same number for FTS. FAX: (301) 869-1150. E-mail: barbara.lambis@nist.gov. To receive application kits, contact ATP customer service staff, at (1-800) ATP-FUND or E-mail: atp@nist.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Scientific and Technological Merit and (2) Potential for Broad-Based Economic Benefits.



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