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NIST Grants $50 Million for the Construction of Five Science Facilities

Facilities to be located in New York, Nevada, Michigan, Maine, and California

Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 15:44

(NIST: Gaithersburg, MD) -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of $50 million in grants to five institutions to support the construction of new scientific research facilities that will explore topics ranging from nanometer-scale electronics and “green” buildings to microbe ecosystems in the oceans. The five projects receiving funding under the NIST Construction Grant Program will contribute to almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects.

The five grants include:

• $13.1 million for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability Research Building at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. A new environmentally friendly building at the institute will support green-building research and other sustainable technologies.
• $12.2 million for the expansion of facilities at the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research at the University of Nevada in Reno. The laboratory expansion will result in the largest and most versatile earthquake-simulation facility in the United States.
• $9.5 million for the Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering (NAMSE) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The new research facility will explore a broad range of topics at the intersection of mechanical engineering and nanometer-scale science and technology.
• $9.1 million for a new Center for Ocean Health at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor in Maine. The new research center on the coast will facilitate the study of microbial life in marine ecosystems and the health of the oceans.
• $6 million for the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN GEM) at the University of California, Los Angeles. The new facility will consolidate core research facilities for three research centers developing advanced energy technologies for microelectronics and nanotechnology.

These NIST grants fund new or expanded facilities for scientific research in areas of study covered by NIST and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including measurement science, nanotechnology, building technology and oceanography. Sponsoring organizations must be institutions of higher education or nonprofit science research organizations.

For more details, see NIST’s news release here.


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Founded in 1901, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a nonregulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.