National Institute of Standards and Technology Construction Grant Program

To provide competitively awarded grant funds for research science buildings through the construction of new buildings or expansion of existing buildings.

For purposes of this program, "research science building" means a building or facility whose purpose is to conduct scientific
research, including laboratories, test facilities, measurement facilities, and/or observatories.

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 - Stella Fiotes, Chief Facilities Management Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1900, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1900.

Telephone: (301) 975-8836.

Fax: (301) 975-8835.

E-mail: stella.fiotes@nist.gov.
Website Address

www.nist.gov



Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for the construction of new or expansion of existing research science buildings whose purpose is to conduct scientific research, including laboratories, test facilities, measurement facilities, and observatories.

Projects to construct or expand a building not intended for performing research or that will predominately be equipped with routine office equipment and/or lecture/class room furnishings are ineligible.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals with statements of work and detailed budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable federal cost principles found in OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education and OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Proposals are submitted in response to formal competition announcements and requests for proposals published in the Federal Register and Grants.gov. Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the instructions in the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) published in Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Competitive award process based upon published evaluation criteria.

Deadlines

Deadlines for proposal submissions are contained in the formal competition announcements and requests for proposals published in the Federal Register and Grants.gov.

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161) (the "Act"). Additional information on the program was provided in an explanatory statement that under Section 4 of the Act has the same effect as a Conference Report: The research buildings should span all the applicable sciences, as they relate to DoC. These grants shall be awarded to colleges, universities, and other non-profit science research organizations on a competitive basis. 153 Congressional Record H15790 (December 17, 2007).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 to 150 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Although cost sharing is not required it is encouraged for a proposal to be competitive. A minimum of 25 percent would be viewed favorably; 50 percent even more favorably.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to five years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly technical performance and financial reports.

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). 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.

Records

Pursuant to 15 CFR 14.53.(b)(2), all financial and programmatic records are required to remain available to the federal government for 3 years after final disposition.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-0515-0-1-376.

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 $29,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Stella Fiotes, Chief Facilities Management Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1900, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1900. Telephone: (301) 975-8836. Fax: (301) 975-8835. E-mail: stella.fiotes@nist.gov.

Headquarters Office

Stella Fiotes, Chief Facilities Management Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1900, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1900. Telephone: (301) 975-8836. Fax: 301-975-8835. E-mail: stella.fiotes@nist.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected for funding based on the evaluation criteria published in the Federal Register and Grants.gov notices.



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