The federal government has announced three new stimulus funding opportunities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will fund the construction of research facilities, and measurement science research grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will fund coastal habitat restoration.

The Recovery Act NIST Construction Grant Program will fund $120 million in grants for construction of research buildings. Grant proposals related to oceans and atmosphere, measurement, and telecommunications will be considered. NIST anticipates funding 8-12 projects with federal shares in the $10-$15 million range. Although cost sharing is not required, it is encouraged for a proposal to be selected for funding. For more information, go to and search for opportunity number 2009-NIST-ARRA-CONSTRUCTION-01.

The Recovery Act Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program will fund appropriately 20-60 proposals of $500,000 to $1,500,000. Proposals in six areas will be considered: energy, environment and climate change, information technology/cybersecurity, biosciences/healthcare, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure. In the environment and climate change subcategory, priority research includes measurement and modeling of aerosols and other greenhouse gases, development of buoy sensor technology to measure ocean color and chemistry, and research on the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. In the biosciences/healthcare subcategory, priority research includes development of measurement tools and standards for disease signatures, human cells, and nucleic acids, proteins and non-peptide hormones in blood. For more information, go to and search for opportunity number 2009-NIST-ARRA-MSE-RESEARCH-01.

The FWS also announced a new stimulus funding opportunity. Grants are available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority wetland, upland, or riparian habitats in selected geographic areas. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern). Twenty awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be made. Go to and search for opportunity number ARRA-COASTAL-2009.


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