Opportunity 2008-TIP-01

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Opportunity 2008-TIP-01: The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, Pub. L. 110-69 (August 9, 2007), 15 U.S.C.A. §278n (2008), was enacted to invest in innovation through research and development and to improve the competitiveness of the United States. Section 3012 of the COMPETES Act established TIP for the purpose of assisting United States businesses and institutions of higher education or other organizations, such as national laboratories and nonprofit research institutions, to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. High-risk, high-reward research is research that has the potential for yielding transformational results with far-ranging or wide-ranging implications; addresses areas of critical national need that support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States and is within NIST's areas of technical competence; and is too novel or spans too diverse a range of disciplines to fare well in the traditional peer review process. The TIP implementing regulations are published at 15 C.F.R. Part 296, 73 Fed. Reg. 35,913 (June 25, 2008), and included in the TIP Proposal Preparation Kit as Appendix B.TIP is soliciting proposals under this fiscal year 2008 competition in one area of critical nation need entitled "Civil Infrastructure" as described below.Civil Infrastructure: The objective of this area of critical national need is to address two elements of a Civil Infrastructure Structural Integrity societal challenge. The two elements are inspection and monitoring of the United States' Civil Infrastructure Structural Integrity as outlined in the white paper "Advanced Sensing Technologies for the Infrastructure: Roads, Highways, Bridges and Water Systems" (http://www.nist.gov/tip/helpful.html). The solutions to this societal challenge require advancement beyond the state-of-the-art of sensing technologies that will assess the structural integrity and/or deterioration processes of bridges, roads, water mains, and wastewater collection systems, that are more accurate, easier to use, and more economically feasible. The need for advanced sensing technologies is of national importance because nearly all municipalities and states in the nation face infrastructure management challenges. The need for TIP's investment is justified because portions of infrastructure are reaching the end of their life spans and there are few cost effective technical means to monitor infrastructure integrity and to prioritize the renovation and replacement of infrastructure elements. Transformational research beyond incremental advancements is required to achieve the objectives for this area of critical national need. Incremental improvements of current technologies will not meet the challenges of providing cost-effective, widely deployable solutions to the problems of sensing structural integrities and/or deterioration processes widely across infrastructure systems.Proposals are being sought to create and validate new advanced, robust, network capable, nondestructive evaluation and test sensing systems, or system components, to cost effectively and quantitatively inspect and evaluate the structural integrity of the civil infrastructure. The targeted system should be capable of, but not limited to, detection of corrosion, cracking, and delamination or failure of critical infrastructure elements and the materials of which they are made. Solutions are needed for improved inspection systems for roads, highways, bridges, drinking and wastewater systems that provide real-time understanding of the integrity and service life through the use of portable, mobile or remote sensing capabilities.Innovations are being sought in all aspects of a system to provide an advanced, cost effective, networked system, either fixed or mobile, that is easily deployable, self powered, and self monitoring. A complete system could include all system components, hardware, and software.Proposals that include validation by potential end users will be considered as having strong potential.Also within scope are:1. Systems that provide new and advanced methodologies for the detection of fluid leaks from water piping systems; and2. Single components of a system solution that include a demonstration of the component in a system setting. Ineligible projects under this competition are: 1. Advancements in a system component without a prototype demonstrating that the component is functional within a system solution, as part of the proposed technical plan; 2. Integration projects using only existing state-of-the-art components;3. Straightforward improvements to existing components without the potential for a transformational increase in performance to the technical requirements; and4. Software development that is predominantly straightforward, routine data gathering using applications of standard software development practices. In addition to the competition-specific ineligible projects, the following are ineligible projects:1. Straightforward improvements of existing products or product development.2. Projects that are Phase II, III, or IV clinical trials. TIP will rarely fund Phase I clinical trials and reserves the right not to fund a Phase I clinical trial. The portion of a Phase I trial that may be funded must be critical to meeting Evaluation Criterion (a)(1) addressing the scientific and technical merit of the proposal. The trial results must be essential for completion of a critical R&D task of the project. The definitions of all phases of clinical trials are provided in the TIP Guidelines and Documentation Requirements for Research Involving Human & Animal Subjects located at http://www.nist.gov/tip/helpful.html. 3. Pre-commercial-scale demonstration projects where the emphasis is on demonstrating that some technology works on a large scale or is economically sound rather than on R&D that advances the state of the art and is high-risk, high-reward.4. Projects that TIP determines would likely be completed without TIP funds in the same time frame or nearly the same time frame, or with the same scale or scope.5. Predominantly straightforward, routine data gathering (e.g., creation of voluntary consensus standards, data gathering/handbook preparation, testing of materials, or unbounded research aimed at basic discovery science) or application of standard engineering practices.6. Projects in which the predominant risk is market oriented that is, the risk that the end product may not be embraced by the marketplace.7. Projects with software work, that are predominantly about final product details and product development, and that have significant testing involving users outside the research team to determine if the software meets the original research objectives, are likely to be either uncompetitive or possibly ineligible for funding. However, R&D projects with limited software testing, involving users outside of the research team, may be eligible for funding and contain eligible costs within a TIP award when the testing is critical to meeting Evaluation Criteria and/or Award Criteria and the testing results are essential for completion of a critical task in the proposed research. This type of testing in projects may also be considered to involve human subjects in research.Fiscal year 2008 appropriations include funds in the amount of approximately $9 million for new TIP awards. Approximately 9 awards are anticipated. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2009. The period of performance depends on the R&D activity proposed. A single company can receive up to a total of $3 million with a project period of performance of up to 3 years. A joint venture can receive up to total of $9 million with a project period of performance of up to 5 years.Continuation funding is based on satisfactory performance, availability of funds, continued relevance to program objectives, and is at the sole discretion of NIST. The funding instrument used in TIP awards is a cooperative agreement. Through the use of the cooperative agreement, TIP fosters public/private partnerships to accomplish a public purpose to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. TIP plays a substantial role beyond the levels required normally for program stewardship of grants. This includes but is not limited to providing technical assistance and monitoring of the technical progress against established milestones, and maintaining fidelity against the TIP award and evaluation criteria; review and approval of key personnel, including the Principal Investigator (PI) and designated staff other than the PI; significant changes in project participants that impact the technical approach; and tracking impact statements for use in the TIP Annual Report.
Federal Grant Title: Opportunity 2008-TIP-01
Federal Agency Name: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 2008-TIP-01
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.613
CFDA Descriptions: Technology Innovation Program
Current Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2008 Due
Original Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2008 Due t
Posted Date: Jul 09, 2008
Creation Date: Sep 10, 2008
Archive Date: Oct 15, 2008
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 9
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
A U.S.-owned, single, small-sized or medium-sized company doing a majority of its business in the United States or a joint venture may apply for TIP funding. Members of joint ventures that are companies must also be doing a majority of their business in the United States. In addition, a company incorporated in the United States that has a parent company incorporated in another country may apply provided that certain requirements are met as discussed below. The term business or company means a for-profit organization, including sole proprietors, partnerships, limited-liability companies (LLCs), and corporations (15 C.F.R. §296.2). a. Single Company a small-sized or medium-sized company. If the single company proposal includes contractors, the single company must be substantially involved in the R&D, with a leadership role in the project and defining the research agenda. b. Joint Venture a business arrangement that includes either: (1) At least two separately owned small-sized or medium-sized for-profit companies that are both substantially involved in the project and both of which are contributing to the cost-sharing requirement, with the lead entity of the joint venture being either a small-sized or medium-sized company; or (2) At least one small-sized or medium-sized for-profit company and one institution of higher education or other organization, such as a national laboratory, governmental laboratory (not including NIST), or nonprofit research institute, that are both substantially involved in the project and both of which are contributing to the cost sharing requirement, with the lead entity of the joint venture being either that small-sized or medium-sized company or that institution of higher education. TIP joint venture members must formally agree (i.e., sign a Joint Venture Agreement as discussed in Chapter 3, Section D) to collaborate on the project. The joint venture may include additional companies, institutions of higher education, and other organizations, such as national laboratories, governmental laboratories (not including NIST), and nonprofit research institutes, that may or may not contribute nonfederal funds to the project. A large-sized company is not eligible to apply for TIP funding. A large-sized company is defined as any business, including any parent company plus related subsidiaries, having annual revenues in excess of $1.63 billion. This number is based on the May 2008 issue of Fortune magazine's Fortune 1000 list. (Note that the revenue amount will be updated annually and will be noted in future annual announcements of availability of funds.) A company incorporated in the United States that has a parent company incorporated in another country is eligible to participate and receive TIP funding if it meets the conditions in the TIP legislation (15 U.S.C. § 278n(l)(1)) and regulations (15 C.F.R. §296.5). Before making a final award, TIP will make a foreign-eligibility finding based on these conditions regarding the company's participation in a TIP project. The foreign eligibility finding involves the collection of evidence of whether the following conditions are met: a. The company's participation in the TIP project would be in the economic interest of the United States, and b. The home country of the parent company provides all of the following: (1) Comparable opportunities to those afforded to any other company for U.S.-owned companies to participate in government-funded programs similar to TIP, (2) Comparable local investment opportunities to those afforded to any other company for U.S.-owned companies, and (3) Adequate and effective protection of U.S.-owned companies' intellectual property rights.
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