Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) NIST Gaithersburg and Boulder Programs; Availability of Funds, 79817-79822 [E8-31014]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices Research Projects Involving Human Subjects, Human Tissue, Data or Recordings Involving Human Subjects: Any proposal that includes research involving human subjects, human tissue, data or recordings involving human subjects must meet the requirements of the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects, codified for the Department of Commerce at 15 CFR Part 27. In addition, any proposal that includes research on these topics must be in compliance with any statutory requirements imposed upon the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other federal agencies regarding these topics, all regulatory policies and guidance adopted by DHHS, the Food and Drug Administration, and other Federal agencies on these topics, and all Presidential statements of policy on these topics. NIST will accept the submission of human subjects protocols that have been approved by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) possessing a current registration filed with DHHS and to be performed by institutions possessing a current, valid Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) from DHHS. NIST will not issue a single project assurance (SPA) for any human subjects protocol proposed to NIST. On August 9, 2001, the President announced his decision to allow Federal funds to be used for research on existing human embryonic stem cell lines as long as prior to his announcement (1) the derivation process (which commences with the removal of the inner cell mass from the blastocyst) had already been initiated and (2) the embryo from which the stem cell line was derived no longer had the possibility of development as a human being. NIST will follow guidance issued by the National Institutes of Health at http://ohrp.osophs.dhhs.gov/ humansubjects/guidance/stemcell.pdf for funding such research. 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Limitation of Liability: Funding for the program listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. NIST issues this notice subject to the appropriations made available under the current continuing resolution continuing resolution, H.R. 2638, ‘‘Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2009,’’ Public Law 110–329. NIST anticipates making awards for the program listed in this notice provided that funding for the program is continued beyond March 6, 2009, the expiration of the current continuing resolution. In no event will NIST or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if the NIST programs fail to receive funding or are cancelled because of Department of Commerce or NIST priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NIST or the Department of Commerce to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Executive Order 12866: This funding notice was determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Executive Order 12372: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act: Notice and comment are not required under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) or any other law, for rules relating to public property, loans, grants, benefits or contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)). Because notice and comment are not required under 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, for rules relating to public property, loans, grants, benefits or contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)), a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required and has not been prepared for this notice, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. Dated: December 22, 2008. Patrick D. Gallagher, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E8–30994 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79817 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket Number 0812021539–81544–01] Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) NIST Gaithersburg and Boulder Programs; Availability of Funds AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the following programs are soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2009: (1) The NIST Gaithersburg Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs, and (2) the NIST Boulder Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs. Each program will only consider applications that are within the scientific scope of the program as described in this notice and in the detailed program descriptions found in the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for these programs. DATES: See below. ADDRESSES: See below. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Name and Number: Measurement and Engineering Research and Standards—11.609. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) NIST Gaithersburg and Boulder Programs Program Description: The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs are soliciting applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering/ Neutron Research, Building and Fire Research, and Information Technology as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity. The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are soliciting applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Information Technology as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity. Applications for the Gaithersburg and Boulder programs are separate. Application to one program does not constitute application to the other, and applications will not be exchanged between the Gaithersburg and Boulder E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 79818 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices programs. If applicants wish to be considered at both sites, two separate applications must be submitted. Both SURF programs will provide an opportunity for the NIST laboratories and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to join in a partnership to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The programs will provide research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg and Boulder Program Directors will work with appropriate department chairs, outreach coordinators, and directors of multi-disciplinary academic organizations to identify outstanding undergraduates (including graduating seniors) who would benefit from offcampus summer research in a worldclass scientific environment. The objective of the SURF programs is to build a mutually beneficial relationship between the student, the institution, and NIST. 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. NIST embodies a science culture, developed from a large and well-equipped research staff that enthusiastically blends programs that address the immediate needs of industry with longer-term research that anticipates future needs. This occurs in few other places and enables the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Lab (EEEL), Manufacturing Engineering Lab (MEL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), Chemical Science and Technology Lab (CSTL), Physics Lab (PL), Materials Science and Engineering Lab (MSEL)/ NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), Building and Fire Research Lab (BFRL), and Information Technology Lab (ITL) to offer unique research and training opportunities for undergraduates, providing them a research-rich environment and exposure to state of the art equipment. EEEL, MEL, CNST, CSTL, PL, MSEL/ NCNR, BFRL, and ITL SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs: DATES: All SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program applications, paper and electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 17, 2009. ADDRESSES: For all SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, paper applications must be submitted to: Ms. Anita Sweigert, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8400, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8400. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For complete information about this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975–6328. The Gaithersburg and Boulder SURF programs will publish separate FFOs on Anticipated NSF funding Program pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES EEEL ................................................................................................................ MEL .................................................................................................................. CNST ............................................................................................................... CSTL ................................................................................................................ PL ..................................................................................................................... MSEL/NCNR .................................................................................................... BFRL ................................................................................................................ ITL .................................................................................................................... The actual number of awards made under this announcement will depend on the proposed budgets and the availability of funding. For all SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs described in this notice, it is expected that individual awards to institutions will range from approximately $3,000 to $70,000. Funding for student housing will be included in cooperative VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 $72,960 87,000 47,400 0 116,000 130,000 81,000 0 agreements awarded as a result of this notice. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program is anticipated to run from May 26, 2009 through August 7, 2009; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9week cooperative agreements). Funding for the program(s) listed in this notice is contingent upon the PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 www.grants.gov. Program questions should be addressed to Ms. Anita Sweigert, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8400, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8400, Tel: (301) 975–4200, E-mail: anita.sweigert@nist.gov. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program Web site is: http://www.surf.nist.gov/surf2.htm. All grants related administration questions concerning this program should be directed to Hope Snowden, NIST Grants and Agreements Management Division at (301) 975–6002 or hope.snowden@nist.gov, or for assistance with using Grants.gov, contact support@grants.gov. Funding Availability: Funds budgeted for payments to students under these programs are stipends, not salary. The stipend is an amount that is expected to be provided to the participating student to help defray the cost of living, for the duration of the program, in the Washington National Capital Region. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs will not authorize funds for indirect costs or fringe benefits. The table below summarizes the anticipated annual funding levels from the NSF to operate our REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs, subject to program renewals and availability of funds. In some programs, anticipated NIST co-funding will supplement the number of awards supported. Program funding will be available to provide for the costs of stipends ($363.64 per week per student), travel, and lodging (up to $3,400 per student). Anticipated NIST funding $40,000 0 0 105,000 65,000 0 0 40,000 Total program funding $112,960 87,000 47,400 105,000 181,000 130,000 81,000 40,000 Anticipated number of awards ∼ 15 ∼ 13 ∼5 ∼ 16 ∼ 26 ∼ 22 ∼ 10 ∼5 availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. NIST issues this notice subject to the appropriation made available under The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 110– 329). In no event will NIST or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program(s) fail to receive funding or are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices announcement does not obligate NIST or the Department of Commerce to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Statutory Authority: The authority for the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program is 15 U.S.C. 278g–l, which authorizes NIST to fund financial assistance awards to students at institutions of higher learning within the United States. These students must show promise as present or future contributors to the missions of NIST. Eligibility: NIST’s SURF Gaithersburg Programs are open to colleges and universities in the United States and its territories with degree granting programs in materials science, chemistry, nanoscale science, neutron research, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics. Participating students must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. The SURF Gaithersburg Programs do not require any matching funds. Review and Selection Process: All SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program proposals are submitted to the Administrative Coordinator listed in the Addresses section above. Each proposal is examined for completeness and responsiveness. Incomplete or nonresponsive proposals will not be considered for funding, and the applicant will be notified in writing. The Program will retain one copy of each non-responsive application for three years for recordkeeping purposes. The remaining copies will be destroyed. Proposals should include the following: (A) Student Information (student’s name and university should appear on all of these documents): (1) Student application information cover sheet; (2) Academic transcript for each student nominated for participation (it is recommended that students have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, out of a possible 4.0); (3) A statement of motivation and commitment from each student to participate in the 2009 SURF program, including a description of the student’s prioritized research interests; (4) A resume for each student; (5) Two letters of recommendation for each student; and (6) Copy of passport, green card, or birth certificate as confirmation of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal resident status for each student. (B) Information About the Applicant Institution: (1) description of the institution’s education and research programs; and (2) a summary list of the student(s) being nominated. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 Institution proposals will be separated into student/institution packets. Each student/institution packet will be comprised of the required application forms, including a complete copy of the student information and a complete copy of the institution information. The student/institution packets will be directed to the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program designated by the student as his/her first choice. The selection process occurs in three rounds. Each SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program will have three independent, objective NIST employees, who are knowledgeable in the scientific areas of the program, conduct a technical review of each student/institution packet based on the Evaluation Criteria for the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs described in this notice. For the first round of evaluations and placement, each technical reviewer will evaluate according to the Evaluation Criteria listed below and provide a score for each student/institution packet. Based on the average of the reviewers’ scores, a rank order of the student/institution packets will be prepared within each laboratory. The SURF Program Director (Selecting Official) for each laboratory, who is a NIST program official who did not participate in the technical evaluations, will then apply the following Selection Factors, which may result in revisions to the rank order: Relevance of the student’s course of study to the program objectives of the NIST laboratory in which that SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program resides as described in the Funding Opportunity Description section of this notice, the relevance of the student’s statement of commitment to the goals of the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, fit of the student’s interests and abilities to the available projects in that laboratory program, compatibility of the student with the research environment in that laboratory, assessment of whether the laboratory experience is a new opportunity for the student which may encourage future postgraduate training, and the availability of funding. Based on these results, the Program Director (Selecting Official) for each laboratory will divide the rank ordered student/application packets into three categories: Priority Funding; Fund if Possible; and Do Not Fund. Student/ institution packets placed in the Priority Funding category will be selected for funding in that SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, contingent upon availability of funds. Student/institution packets placed in the Do Not Fund category will not be considered for funding by any other NIST laboratories. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79819 Student/institution packets placed in the Fund if Possible Category may be considered for funding at a later time by the category-designating SURF Program; in the interim period these students will be released for consideration for funding by the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program designated by the student as his/her second choice. The student’s second choice laboratory’s SURF Program Director will take into consideration the recommendations of the reviewers who conducted the technical reviews for the student’s first choice SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, apply the selection factors noted above as applied to that laboratory and arrive at a final rank order of the students available for the second round of selections and placements. Any SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program may choose not to participate in the second round, if the Program Director does not see suitable students in the second round appropriate for the available projects. Students not selected during the first or second round are available for the third round of selections. Students not selected for funding by their first or second choice SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, and students who did not designate a second choice, will then be considered for funding from all SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs that still have slots available in a third round, conducted using the same process as the second round. In making selections for the third round of selections and placement, each SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program Director (Selecting Official) will take into consideration the recommendations of the reviewers who conducted the technical reviews for the student’s first choice SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, the selection factors noted above as applied to that laboratory and rank order the students in this selection round. Any SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program may choose not to participate in the third round if there are no slots available. Substitutions for students who decline offers will be made from the remaining pool of ranked students consistent with the program review process. The final approval of selected applications and award of cooperative agreements will be made by the NIST Grants Officer based on compliance with application requirements as published in this notice and other applicable legal and regulatory requirements. NIST also reserves the right to reject an application where information is uncovered that reflects adversely on an applicant’s business integrity, resulting in a determination by E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 79820 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices the Grants Officer that an applicant is not presently responsible. Applicants may be asked to modify objectives, work plans, or budgets and provide supplemental information required by the agency prior to award. The decision of the Grants Officer is final. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs will retain one copy of each unsuccessful application for three years for recordkeeping purposes, and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing. The remaining copies will be destroyed. Evaluation Criteria: For the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, the evaluation criteria are: (A) Evaluation of Student’s Interest in Participating in the Program, Academic Ability, Laboratory Experience and Advanced Degree Interest: Evaluation of completed course work, English proficiency, writing proficiency, safety consciousness, research skills, social skills; leadership potential, innovativeness, independence, honesty, grade point average in courses relevant to the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, career goals, honors and awards, commitment of the student to working in a laboratory environment, and interest in pursuing graduate school. (B) Institution’s Commitment to Program Goals: Evaluation of the institution’s academic department(s) relevant to the discipline(s) of the student(s). Each of these factors is given equal weight in the evaluation process. SURF NIST Boulder Programs Dates: All SURF NIST Boulder Program applications, paper and electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on February 17, 2009. Addresses: Paper applications for the SURF NIST Boulder Program must be submitted to: Ms. Cynthia Kotary, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST Boulder Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 325 Broadway, Mail Stop 104, Boulder, CO 80305–3328. For Further Information Contact: For complete information about this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975–6328. The Gaithersburg and Boulder SURF programs will publish separate FFOs on http://www.grants.gov. Program questions should be addressed to Ms. Cynthia Kotary, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST Boulder Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 325 Broadway, Mail Stop 104, Boulder, CO 80305–3328, Tel: (303) 497–3319, email: kotary@boulder.nist.gov; Web site: http://surf.boulder.nist.gov/. All grants related administration questions Anticipated NSF funding Laboratory pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES EEEL ................................................................................................................ PL ..................................................................................................................... CSTL ................................................................................................................ MSEL ............................................................................................................... ITL .................................................................................................................... The actual number of awards made under this announcement will depend on the proposed budgets and the availability of funding. For the SURF NIST Boulder Programs described in this notice, it is expected that individual awards to institutions will be $7500 times the number of participating students from that institution. The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are anticipated to run from May 26, 2009 through August 7, 2009; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., some 11-week cooperative agreements shifted to begin after the regular start in order to accommodate institutions operating on quarter systems). VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 $37,400 18,700 7,480 14,960 3,740 Funding for the program(s) listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. NIST issues this notice subject to the appropriation made available under The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 110– 329). In no event will NIST or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program(s) fail to receive funding or are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not obligate NIST or the Department of Commerce to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 278g–1. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 concerning this program should be directed to Hope Snowden, NIST Grants and Agreements Management Division at (301) 975–6002 or hope.snowden@nist.gov or for assistance with using Grants.gov contact support@grants.gov. Additional Information Funding Availability Funds budgeted for payments to students under this program are stipends, not salaries. The SURF NIST Boulder Programs will not authorize funds for indirect costs or fringe benefits. The stipend of $7500 includes a fellowship of $4000 plus $3500 for all expenses associated with travel and subsistence. Once they receive their awards, college and university grant recipients are expected to provide the full stipend to participating students in one lump sum before May 26, 2009, the start of the SURF NIST Boulder Programs. NIST will disburse funds to college and university awardees via the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system. The table below summarizes the anticipated funding from NSF and NIST to operate the SURF NIST Boulder Programs, broken out by Laboratory, subject to program approval and availability of funds, and NIST and/or NSF funding. Anticipated NIST funding $37,600 18,800 7,520 15,040 3,760 Total program funding $75,000 37,500 15,000 30,000 7,500 Anticipated number of awards 10 5 2 4 1 Eligibility: The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are open to colleges and universities in the United States and its territories with degree granting programs in materials science, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics. Participating students must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. The SURF NIST Boulder Programs focus on undergraduate fellows. Graduating seniors are eligible to participate but the likelihood of funds for their possible participation is extremely limited. Up to approximately three such participants might be considered if funds become available. If so, NIST will give priority to previous SURF participants. The E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices SURF NIST Boulder Program does not require any matching funds. Review and Selection Process: All SURF NIST Boulder Programs proposals are submitted to the Administrative Coordinator listed in the Addresses section above. Proposals should include the following: (A) Student Information (student’s name and university should appear on all of these documents): (1) Student application information cover sheet; (2) Academic transcript for each student nominated for participation (it is recommended that students have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, out of a possible 4.0); (3) A statement of motivation and commitment from each student to participate in the SURF NIST Boulder Program, including a description of the student’s prioritized research interests; (4) A resume for each student; (5) Two letters of recommendation for each student; and (6) Confirmation of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal resident status for each student (copy of passport, green card, or birth certificate). (B) Information About the Applicant Institution: (1) description of the institution’s education and research programs; and (2) a summary list of the student(s) being nominated, with one paragraph of commentary about each student from a dean or department chair that describes why the students would be successful in the SURF program. Institution proposals will be separated into student/institution packets. Each student/institution packet will be comprised of the required application forms, including a complete copy of the student information and a complete copy of the institution information. The student/institution packets will be directed to a review committee of NIST staff appointed by the SURF NIST Boulder Directors. First, all applications received in response to this announcement will be reviewed to determine whether or not they are complete and responsive to the scope of the stated program objectives. Incomplete or non-responsive proposals will not be reviewed for technical merit, and the applicant will be so notified. The Program will retain one copy of each non-responsive application for three years for record keeping purposes. Second, each SURF student/ university packet will be reviewed by at least three independent, objective NIST employees, who are knowledgeable in the scientific areas of the program and are able to conduct a technical review of each student/university packet based VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 on the Evaluation Criteria described in this notice. The normalized scores based on this merit review will be averaged for each student/university applicant packet, creating a rank order. The Selecting Official, the Acting Director of NIST Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, shall award in the rank order unless a proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of the following factors: availability of funding, balance or distribution of funds by research or technical disciplines. The final approval of selected applications and award of financial assistance will be made by the NIST Grants Officer based on compliance with application requirements as published in this notice, compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, and whether the recommended applicants appear to be responsible. Applicants may be asked to modify objectives, work plans, or budgets and provide supplemental information required by the agency prior to award. The decisions of the Grants Officer are final. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing. The Programs will retain one copy of each unsuccessful application for three years for record keeping purposes. Evaluation Criteria: For the SURF NIST Boulder Programs the evaluation criteria are as follows: (A) Evaluation of Student’s Academic Ability and Commitment to Program Goals (80%): Includes evaluation of completed course work; expressed research interest; compatibility of the expressed research interest with SURF NIST Boulder research areas; research skills; grade point average in courses relevant to the SURF NIST Boulder Program; career goals; honors and activities; (B) Evaluation of Applicant Institution’s Commitment to Program Goals (20%): Includes evaluation of the institution’s academic department(s) relevant to the discipline(s) of the student(s). The following information applies to all programs announced in this notice: The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements: The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements, 73 FR 7696 (February 11, 2008) is applicable to this announcement. On the form SF–424, the applicant’s 9-digit Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number must be entered in the Applicant Identifier block (68 FR 38402). PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79821 Collaborations with NIST Employees: All applications should include a description of any work proposed to be performed by an entity other than the applicant, and the cost of such work should ordinarily be included in the budget. If an applicant proposes collaboration with NIST, the statement of work should include a statement of this intention, a description of the collaboration, and prominently identify the NIST employee(s) involved, if known. Any collaboration by a NIST employee must be approved by appropriate NIST management and is at the sole discretion of NIST. Prior to beginning the merit review process, NIST will verify the approval of the proposed collaboration. Any unapproved collaboration will be stricken from the proposal prior to the merit review. Use of NIST Intellectual Property: If the applicant anticipates using any NIST-owned intellectual property to carry out the work proposed, the applicant should identify such intellectual property. This information will be used to ensure that no NIST employee involved in the development of the intellectual property will participate in the review process for that competition. In addition, if the applicant intends to use NIST-owned intellectual property, the applicant must comply with all statutes and regulations governing the licensing of Federal government patents and inventions, described at 35 U.S.C. 200–212, 37 CFR Part 401, 15 CFR Part 14.36, and in section B.21 of the Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements, 73 FR 7696 (February 11, 2008). Questions about these requirements may be directed to the Chief Counsel for NIST, 301–975–2803. Any use of NIST-owned intellectual property by a proposer is at the sole discretion of NIST and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis if a project is deemed meritorious. The applicant should indicate within the statement of work whether it already has a license to use such intellectual property or whether it intends to seek one. If any inventions made in whole or in part by a NIST employee arise in the course of an award made pursuant to this notice, the United States government may retain its ownership rights in any such invention. Licensing or other disposition of NIST’s rights in such inventions will be determined solely by NIST, and include the possibility of NIST putting the intellectual property into the public domain. E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 79822 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices Initial Screening of all Applications: All applications received in response to this announcement will be reviewed to determine whether or not they are complete and responsive to the scope of the stated objectives for each program. Incomplete or non-responsive applications will not be reviewed for technical merit. The Program will retain one copy of each non-responsive application for three years for record keeping purposes. The remaining copies will be destroyed. Paperwork Reduction Act: The standard forms in the application kit involve a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF–LLL, CD–346, and SURF Program Student Applicant Information have been approved by OMB under the respective Control Numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, 0605–0001, and 0693–0042. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. Research Projects Involving Human Subjects, Human Tissue, Data or Recordings Involving Human Subjects: Any proposal that includes research involving human subjects, human tissue, data or recordings involving human subjects must meet the requirements of the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects, codified for the Department of Commerce at 15 CFR Part 27. In addition, any proposal that includes research on these topics must be in compliance with any statutory requirements imposed upon the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other federal agencies regarding these topics, all regulatory policies and guidance adopted by DHHS, FDA, and other Federal agencies on these topics, and all Presidential statements of policy on these topics. NIST will accept the submission of human subjects protocols that have been approved by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) registered with DHHS and performed by entities possessing a current, valid Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) from DHHS. NIST will not issue a single project assurance (SPA) for any IRB reviewing any human subjects protocol proposed to NIST. On August 9, 2001, the President announced his decision to allow Federal funds to be used for research on existing VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 human embryonic stem cell lines as long as prior to his announcement (1) the derivation process (which commences with the removal of the inner cell mass from the blastocyst) had already been initiated and (2) the embryo from which the stem cell line was derived no longer had the possibility of development as a human being. NIST will follow guidance issued by the National Institutes of Health at http://ohrp.osophs.dhhs.gov/ humansubjects/guidance/stemcell.pdf for funding such research. Research Projects Involving Vertebrate Animals: Any proposal that includes research involving vertebrate animals must be in compliance with the National Research Council’s ‘‘Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals’’ which can be obtained from National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20055. In addition, such proposals must meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.), 9 CFR Parts 1, 2, and 3, and if appropriate, 21 CFR Part 58. These regulations do not apply to proposed research using pre-existing images of animals or to research plans that do not include live animals that are being cared for, euthanized, or used by the project participants to accomplish research goals, teaching, or testing. These regulations also do not apply to obtaining animal materials from commercial processors of animal products or to animal cell lines or tissues from tissue banks. 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[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology

[Docket Number 0812021539-81544-01]


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) NIST 
Gaithersburg and Boulder Programs; Availability of Funds

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
announces that the following programs are soliciting applications for 
financial assistance for FY 2009: (1) The NIST Gaithersburg Summer 
Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs, and (2) the NIST Boulder 
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs. Each program will 
only consider applications that are within the scientific scope of the 
program as described in this notice and in the detailed program 
descriptions found in the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) 
announcement for these programs.

DATES: See below.

ADDRESSES: See below.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Name and Number: Measurement 
and Engineering Research and Standards--11.609.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) NIST Gaithersburg and 
Boulder Programs

    Program Description: The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs are 
soliciting applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical 
Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Nanoscale Science and 
Technology, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science 
and Engineering/Neutron Research, Building and Fire Research, and 
Information Technology as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity.
    The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are soliciting applications in the 
areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Chemical Science and 
Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Information 
Technology as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity.
    Applications for the Gaithersburg and Boulder programs are 
separate. Application to one program does not constitute application to 
the other, and applications will not be exchanged between the 
Gaithersburg and Boulder

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programs. If applicants wish to be considered at both sites, two 
separate applications must be submitted.
    Both SURF programs will provide an opportunity for the NIST 
laboratories and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to join in a 
partnership to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue 
careers in science and engineering. The programs will provide research 
opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST 
scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the 
pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.
    The SURF NIST Gaithersburg and Boulder Program Directors will work 
with appropriate department chairs, outreach coordinators, and 
directors of multi-disciplinary academic organizations to identify 
outstanding undergraduates (including graduating seniors) who would 
benefit from off-campus summer research in a world-class scientific 
environment.
    The objective of the SURF programs is to build a mutually 
beneficial relationship between the student, the institution, and NIST. 
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. NIST embodies a science culture, developed from a 
large and well-equipped research staff that enthusiastically blends 
programs that address the immediate needs of industry with longer-term 
research that anticipates future needs. This occurs in few other places 
and enables the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Lab (EEEL), 
Manufacturing Engineering Lab (MEL), Center for Nanoscale Science and 
Technology (CNST), Chemical Science and Technology Lab (CSTL), Physics 
Lab (PL), Materials Science and Engineering Lab (MSEL)/NIST Center for 
Neutron Research (NCNR), Building and Fire Research Lab (BFRL), and 
Information Technology Lab (ITL) to offer unique research and training 
opportunities for undergraduates, providing them a research-rich 
environment and exposure to state of the art equipment.

EEEL, MEL, CNST, CSTL, PL, MSEL/ NCNR, BFRL, and ITL SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Programs:

    DATES: All SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program applications, paper and 
electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
on February 17, 2009.
    ADDRESSES: For all SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, paper 
applications must be submitted to: Ms. Anita Sweigert, Administrative 
Coordinator, SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8400, Gaithersburg, MD 
20899-8400.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For complete information about this 
program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read 
the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://www.grants.gov. 
A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975-6328. The 
Gaithersburg and Boulder SURF programs will publish separate FFOs on 
www.grants.gov. Program questions should be addressed to Ms. Anita 
Sweigert, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, 
National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 
8400, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8400, Tel: (301) 975-4200, E-mail: 
anita.sweigert@nist.gov. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program Web site 
is: http://www.surf.nist.gov/surf2.htm. All grants related 
administration questions concerning this program should be directed to 
Hope Snowden, NIST Grants and Agreements Management Division at (301) 
975-6002 or hope.snowden@nist.gov, or for assistance with using 
Grants.gov, contact support@grants.gov.
    Funding Availability: Funds budgeted for payments to students under 
these programs are stipends, not salary. The stipend is an amount that 
is expected to be provided to the participating student to help defray 
the cost of living, for the duration of the program, in the Washington 
National Capital Region. The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs will not 
authorize funds for indirect costs or fringe benefits. The table below 
summarizes the anticipated annual funding levels from the NSF to 
operate our REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs, 
subject to program renewals and availability of funds. In some 
programs, anticipated NIST co-funding will supplement the number of 
awards supported. Program funding will be available to provide for the 
costs of stipends ($363.64 per week per student), travel, and lodging 
(up to $3,400 per student).

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                                                                                                    Anticipated
                     Program                        Anticipated     Anticipated    Total program     number of
                                                    NSF funding    NIST funding       funding         awards
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EEEL............................................         $72,960         $40,000        $112,960            ~ 15
MEL.............................................          87,000               0          87,000            ~ 13
CNST............................................          47,400               0          47,400             ~ 5
CSTL............................................               0         105,000         105,000            ~ 16
PL..............................................         116,000          65,000         181,000            ~ 26
MSEL/NCNR.......................................         130,000               0         130,000            ~ 22
BFRL............................................          81,000               0          81,000            ~ 10
ITL.............................................               0          40,000          40,000             ~ 5
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    The actual number of awards made under this announcement will 
depend on the proposed budgets and the availability of funding. For all 
SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs described in this notice, it is 
expected that individual awards to institutions will range from 
approximately $3,000 to $70,000. Funding for student housing will be 
included in cooperative agreements awarded as a result of this notice.
    The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program is anticipated to run from May 
26, 2009 through August 7, 2009; adjustments may be made to accommodate 
specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week 
cooperative agreements).
    Funding for the program(s) listed in this notice is contingent upon 
the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. NIST issues this 
notice subject to the appropriation made available under The 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 110-329). In no event 
will NIST or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal 
preparation costs if this program(s) fail to receive funding or are 
cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this

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announcement does not obligate NIST or the Department of Commerce to 
award any specific project or to obligate any available funds.
    Statutory Authority: The authority for the SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Program is 15 U.S.C. 278g-l, which authorizes NIST to fund financial 
assistance awards to students at institutions of higher learning within 
the United States. These students must show promise as present or 
future contributors to the missions of NIST.
    Eligibility: NIST's SURF Gaithersburg Programs are open to colleges 
and universities in the United States and its territories with degree 
granting programs in materials science, chemistry, nanoscale science, 
neutron research, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or 
physics. Participating students must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. 
residents. The SURF Gaithersburg Programs do not require any matching 
funds.
    Review and Selection Process: All SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program 
proposals are submitted to the Administrative Coordinator listed in the 
Addresses section above. Each proposal is examined for completeness and 
responsiveness. Incomplete or non-responsive proposals will not be 
considered for funding, and the applicant will be notified in writing. 
The Program will retain one copy of each non-responsive application for 
three years for recordkeeping purposes. The remaining copies will be 
destroyed. Proposals should include the following:
    (A) Student Information (student's name and university should 
appear on all of these documents):
    (1) Student application information cover sheet;
    (2) Academic transcript for each student nominated for 
participation (it is recommended that students have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or 
better, out of a possible 4.0);
    (3) A statement of motivation and commitment from each student to 
participate in the 2009 SURF program, including a description of the 
student's prioritized research interests;
    (4) A resume for each student;
    (5) Two letters of recommendation for each student; and
    (6) Copy of passport, green card, or birth certificate as 
confirmation of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal resident status for 
each student.
    (B) Information About the Applicant Institution:
    (1) description of the institution's education and research 
programs; and
    (2) a summary list of the student(s) being nominated.
    Institution proposals will be separated into student/institution 
packets. Each student/institution packet will be comprised of the 
required application forms, including a complete copy of the student 
information and a complete copy of the institution information. The 
student/institution packets will be directed to the SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Program designated by the student as his/her first choice.
    The selection process occurs in three rounds. Each SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Program will have three independent, objective NIST 
employees, who are knowledgeable in the scientific areas of the 
program, conduct a technical review of each student/institution packet 
based on the Evaluation Criteria for the SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Programs described in this notice. For the first round of evaluations 
and placement, each technical reviewer will evaluate according to the 
Evaluation Criteria listed below and provide a score for each student/
institution packet. Based on the average of the reviewers' scores, a 
rank order of the student/institution packets will be prepared within 
each laboratory.
    The SURF Program Director (Selecting Official) for each laboratory, 
who is a NIST program official who did not participate in the technical 
evaluations, will then apply the following Selection Factors, which may 
result in revisions to the rank order: Relevance of the student's 
course of study to the program objectives of the NIST laboratory in 
which that SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program resides as described in the 
Funding Opportunity Description section of this notice, the relevance 
of the student's statement of commitment to the goals of the SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Program, fit of the student's interests and abilities to 
the available projects in that laboratory program, compatibility of the 
student with the research environment in that laboratory, assessment of 
whether the laboratory experience is a new opportunity for the student 
which may encourage future postgraduate training, and the availability 
of funding.
    Based on these results, the Program Director (Selecting Official) 
for each laboratory will divide the rank ordered student/application 
packets into three categories: Priority Funding; Fund if Possible; and 
Do Not Fund. Student/institution packets placed in the Priority Funding 
category will be selected for funding in that SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Program, contingent upon availability of funds. Student/institution 
packets placed in the Do Not Fund category will not be considered for 
funding by any other NIST laboratories.
    Student/institution packets placed in the Fund if Possible Category 
may be considered for funding at a later time by the category-
designating SURF Program; in the interim period these students will be 
released for consideration for funding by the SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Program designated by the student as his/her second choice. The 
student's second choice laboratory's SURF Program Director will take 
into consideration the recommendations of the reviewers who conducted 
the technical reviews for the student's first choice SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Program, apply the selection factors noted above as 
applied to that laboratory and arrive at a final rank order of the 
students available for the second round of selections and placements. 
Any SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program may choose not to participate in the 
second round, if the Program Director does not see suitable students in 
the second round appropriate for the available projects. Students not 
selected during the first or second round are available for the third 
round of selections.
    Students not selected for funding by their first or second choice 
SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program, and students who did not designate a 
second choice, will then be considered for funding from all SURF NIST 
Gaithersburg Programs that still have slots available in a third round, 
conducted using the same process as the second round. In making 
selections for the third round of selections and placement, each SURF 
NIST Gaithersburg Program Director (Selecting Official) will take into 
consideration the recommendations of the reviewers who conducted the 
technical reviews for the student's first choice SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Program, the selection factors noted above as applied to that 
laboratory and rank order the students in this selection round. Any 
SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program may choose not to participate in the 
third round if there are no slots available. Substitutions for students 
who decline offers will be made from the remaining pool of ranked 
students consistent with the program review process.
    The final approval of selected applications and award of 
cooperative agreements will be made by the NIST Grants Officer based on 
compliance with application requirements as published in this notice 
and other applicable legal and regulatory requirements. NIST also 
reserves the right to reject an application where information is 
uncovered that reflects adversely on an applicant's business integrity, 
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the Grants Officer that an applicant is not presently responsible. 
Applicants may be asked to modify objectives, work plans, or budgets 
and provide supplemental information required by the agency prior to 
award. The decision of the Grants Officer is final.
    The SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs will retain one copy of each 
unsuccessful application for three years for recordkeeping purposes, 
and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing. The remaining 
copies will be destroyed.
    Evaluation Criteria: For the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs, the 
evaluation criteria are:
    (A) Evaluation of Student's Interest in Participating in the 
Program, Academic Ability, Laboratory Experience and Advanced Degree 
Interest: Evaluation of completed course work, English proficiency, 
writing proficiency, safety consciousness, research skills, social 
skills; leadership potential, innovativeness, independence, honesty, 
grade point average in courses relevant to the SURF NIST Gaithersburg 
Programs, career goals, honors and awards, commitment of the student to 
working in a laboratory environment, and interest in pursuing graduate 
school.
    (B) Institution's Commitment to Program Goals: Evaluation of the 
institution's academic department(s) relevant to the discipline(s) of 
the student(s).
    Each of these factors is given equal weight in the evaluation 
process.

SURF NIST Boulder Programs

    Dates: All SURF NIST Boulder Program applications, paper and 
electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard 
Time on February 17, 2009.
    Addresses: Paper applications for the SURF NIST Boulder Program 
must be submitted to: Ms. Cynthia Kotary, Administrative Coordinator, 
SURF NIST Boulder Programs, National Institute of Standards and 
Technology, 325 Broadway, Mail Stop 104, Boulder, CO 80305-3328.
    For Further Information Contact: For complete information about 
this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, 
read the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://
www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling 
(301) 975-6328. The Gaithersburg and Boulder SURF programs will publish 
separate FFOs on http://www.grants.gov. Program questions should be 
addressed to Ms. Cynthia Kotary, Administrative Coordinator, SURF NIST 
Boulder Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 325 
Broadway, Mail Stop 104, Boulder, CO 80305-3328, Tel: (303) 497-3319, 
e-mail: kotary@boulder.nist.gov; Web site: http://
surf.boulder.nist.gov/. All grants related administration questions 
concerning this program should be directed to Hope Snowden, NIST Grants 
and Agreements Management Division at (301) 975-6002 or 
hope.snowden@nist.gov or for assistance with using Grants.gov contact 
support@grants.gov.

Additional Information

Funding Availability

    Funds budgeted for payments to students under this program are 
stipends, not salaries. The SURF NIST Boulder Programs will not 
authorize funds for indirect costs or fringe benefits. The stipend of 
$7500 includes a fellowship of $4000 plus $3500 for all expenses 
associated with travel and subsistence. Once they receive their awards, 
college and university grant recipients are expected to provide the 
full stipend to participating students in one lump sum before May 26, 
2009, the start of the SURF NIST Boulder Programs. NIST will disburse 
funds to college and university awardees via the Automated Standard 
Application for Payments (ASAP) system.
    The table below summarizes the anticipated funding from NSF and 
NIST to operate the SURF NIST Boulder Programs, broken out by 
Laboratory, subject to program approval and availability of funds, and 
NIST and/or NSF funding.

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                                                                                                    Anticipated
                   Laboratory                       Anticipated     Anticipated    Total program     number of
                                                    NSF funding    NIST funding       funding         awards
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EEEL............................................         $37,400         $37,600         $75,000              10
PL..............................................          18,700          18,800          37,500               5
CSTL............................................           7,480           7,520          15,000               2
MSEL............................................          14,960          15,040          30,000               4
ITL.............................................           3,740           3,760           7,500               1
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    The actual number of awards made under this announcement will 
depend on the proposed budgets and the availability of funding. For the 
SURF NIST Boulder Programs described in this notice, it is expected 
that individual awards to institutions will be $7500 times the number 
of participating students from that institution.
    The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are anticipated to run from May 26, 
2009 through August 7, 2009; adjustments may be made to accommodate 
specific academic schedules (e.g., some 11-week cooperative agreements 
shifted to begin after the regular start in order to accommodate 
institutions operating on quarter systems).
    Funding for the program(s) listed in this notice is contingent upon 
the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. NIST issues this 
notice subject to the appropriation made available under The 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 110-329). In no event 
will NIST or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal 
preparation costs if this program(s) fail to receive funding or are 
cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not obligate NIST or the Department of Commerce to 
award any specific project or to obligate any available funds.
    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 278g-1.
    Eligibility: The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are open to colleges 
and universities in the United States and its territories with degree 
granting programs in materials science, chemistry, engineering, 
computer science, mathematics, or physics. Participating students must 
be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. The SURF NIST Boulder 
Programs focus on undergraduate fellows. Graduating seniors are 
eligible to participate but the likelihood of funds for their possible 
participation is extremely limited. Up to approximately three such 
participants might be considered if funds become available. If so, NIST 
will give priority to previous SURF participants. The

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SURF NIST Boulder Program does not require any matching funds.
    Review and Selection Process: All SURF NIST Boulder Programs 
proposals are submitted to the Administrative Coordinator listed in the 
Addresses section above. Proposals should include the following:
    (A) Student Information (student's name and university should 
appear on all of these documents):
    (1) Student application information cover sheet;
    (2) Academic transcript for each student nominated for 
participation (it is recommended that students have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or 
better, out of a possible 4.0);
    (3) A statement of motivation and commitment from each student to 
participate in the SURF NIST Boulder Program, including a description 
of the student's prioritized research interests;
    (4) A resume for each student;
    (5) Two letters of recommendation for each student; and
    (6) Confirmation of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal resident 
status for each student (copy of passport, green card, or birth 
certificate).
    (B) Information About the Applicant Institution:
    (1) description of the institution's education and research 
programs; and
    (2) a summary list of the student(s) being nominated, with one 
paragraph of commentary about each student from a dean or department 
chair that describes why the students would be successful in the SURF 
program.
    Institution proposals will be separated into student/institution 
packets. Each student/institution packet will be comprised of the 
required application forms, including a complete copy of the student 
information and a complete copy of the institution information. The 
student/institution packets will be directed to a review committee of 
NIST staff appointed by the SURF NIST Boulder Directors.
    First, all applications received in response to this announcement 
will be reviewed to determine whether or not they are complete and 
responsive to the scope of the stated program objectives. Incomplete or 
non-responsive proposals will not be reviewed for technical merit, and 
the applicant will be so notified. The Program will retain one copy of 
each non-responsive application for three years for record keeping 
purposes.
    Second, each SURF student/university packet will be reviewed by at 
least three independent, objective NIST employees, who are 
knowledgeable in the scientific areas of the program and are able to 
conduct a technical review of each student/university packet based on 
the Evaluation Criteria described in this notice. The normalized scores 
based on this merit review will be averaged for each student/university 
applicant packet, creating a rank order. The Selecting Official, the 
Acting Director of NIST Electronics and Electrical Engineering 
Laboratory, shall award in the rank order unless a proposal is 
justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of 
the following factors: availability of funding, balance or distribution 
of funds by research or technical disciplines.
    The final approval of selected applications and award of financial 
assistance will be made by the NIST Grants Officer based on compliance 
with application requirements as published in this notice, compliance 
with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, and whether the 
recommended applicants appear to be responsible. Applicants may be 
asked to modify objectives, work plans, or budgets and provide 
supplemental information required by the agency prior to award. The 
decisions of the Grants Officer are final.
    Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing. The Programs 
will retain one copy of each unsuccessful application for three years 
for record keeping purposes.
    Evaluation Criteria: For the SURF NIST Boulder Programs the 
evaluation criteria are as follows:
    (A) Evaluation of Student's Academic Ability and Commitment to 
Program Goals (80%): Includes evaluation of completed course work; 
expressed research interest; compatibility of the expressed research 
interest with SURF NIST Boulder research areas; research skills; grade 
point average in courses relevant to the SURF NIST Boulder Program; 
career goals; honors and activities;
    (B) Evaluation of Applicant Institution's Commitment to Program 
Goals (20%): Includes evaluation of the institution's academic 
department(s) relevant to the discipline(s) of the student(s).
    The following information applies to all programs announced in this 
notice:
    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements: The Department of Commerce Pre-Award 
Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements, 73 FR 
7696 (February 11, 2008) is applicable to this announcement. On the 
form SF-424, the applicant's 9-digit Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number must be entered in the Applicant 
Identifier block (68 FR 38402).
    Collaborations with NIST Employees: All applications should include 
a description of any work proposed to be performed by an entity other 
than the applicant, and the cost of such work should ordinarily be 
included in the budget.
    If an applicant proposes collaboration with NIST, the statement of 
work should include a statement of this intention, a description of the 
collaboration, and prominently identify the NIST employee(s) involved, 
if known. Any collaboration by a NIST employee must be approved by 
appropriate NIST management and is at the sole discretion of NIST. 
Prior to beginning the merit review process, NIST will verify the 
approval of the proposed collaboration. Any unapproved collaboration 
will be stricken from the proposal prior to the merit review.
    Use of NIST Intellectual Property: If the applicant anticipates 
using any NIST-owned intellectual property to carry out the work 
proposed, the applicant should identify such intellectual property. 
This information will be used to ensure that no NIST employee involved 
in the development of the intellectual property will participate in the 
review process for that competition. In addition, if the applicant 
intends to use NIST-owned intellectual property, the applicant must 
comply with all statutes and regulations governing the licensing of 
Federal government patents and inventions, described at 35 U.S.C. 200-
212, 37 CFR Part 401, 15 CFR Part 14.36, and in section B.21 of the 
Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements, 73 FR 7696 
(February 11, 2008). Questions about these requirements may be directed 
to the Chief Counsel for NIST, 301-975-2803.
    Any use of NIST-owned intellectual property by a proposer is at the 
sole discretion of NIST and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis 
if a project is deemed meritorious. The applicant should indicate 
within the statement of work whether it already has a license to use 
such intellectual property or whether it intends to seek one.
    If any inventions made in whole or in part by a NIST employee arise 
in the course of an award made pursuant to this notice, the United 
States government may retain its ownership rights in any such 
invention. Licensing or other disposition of NIST's rights in such 
inventions will be determined solely by NIST, and include the 
possibility of NIST putting the intellectual property into the public 
domain.

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    Initial Screening of all Applications: All applications received in 
response to this announcement will be reviewed to determine whether or 
not they are complete and responsive to the scope of the stated 
objectives for each program. Incomplete or non-responsive applications 
will not be reviewed for technical merit. The Program will retain one 
copy of each non-responsive application for three years for record 
keeping purposes. The remaining copies will be destroyed.
    Paperwork Reduction Act: The standard forms in the application kit 
involve a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, CD-346, and 
SURF Program Student Applicant Information have been approved by OMB 
under the respective Control Numbers 0348-0043, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, 
0348-0046, 0605-0001, and 0693-0042.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with, a collection subject to the requirements of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information 
displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.
    Research Projects Involving Human Subjects, Human Tissue, Data or 
Recordings Involving Human Subjects: Any proposal that includes 
research involving human subjects, human tissue, data or recordings 
involving human subjects must meet the requirements of the Common Rule 
for the Protection of Human Subjects, codified for the Department of 
Commerce at 15 CFR Part 27. In addition, any proposal that includes 
research on these topics must be in compliance with any statutory 
requirements imposed upon the Department of Health and Human Services 
(DHHS) and other federal agencies regarding these topics, all 
regulatory policies and guidance adopted by DHHS, FDA, and other 
Federal agencies on these topics, and all Presidential statements of 
policy on these topics.
    NIST will accept the submission of human subjects protocols that 
have been approved by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) registered 
with DHHS and performed by entities possessing a current, valid 
Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) from DHHS. NIST will not issue a single 
project assurance (SPA) for any IRB reviewing any human subjects 
protocol proposed to NIST.
    On August 9, 2001, the President announced his decision to allow 
Federal funds to be used for research on existing human embryonic stem 
cell lines as long as prior to his announcement (1) the derivation 
process (which commences with the removal of the inner cell mass from 
the blastocyst) had already been initiated and (2) the embryo from 
which the stem cell line was derived no longer had the possibility of 
development as a human being. NIST will follow guidance issued by the 
National Institutes of Health at http://ohrp.osophs.dhhs.gov/
humansubjects/guidance/stemcell.pdf for funding such research.
    Research Projects Involving Vertebrate Animals: Any proposal that 
includes research involving vertebrate animals must be in compliance 
with the National Research Council's ``Guide for the Care and Use of 
Laboratory Animals'' which can be obtained from National Academy Press, 
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20055. In addition, such 
proposals must meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (7 
U.S.C. 2131 et seq.), 9 CFR Parts 1, 2, and 3, and if appropriate, 21 
CFR Part 58. These regulations do not apply to proposed research using 
pre-existing images of animals or to research plans that do not include 
live animals that are being cared for, euthanized, or used by the 
project participants to accomplish research goals, teaching, or 
testing. These regulations also do not apply to obtaining animal 
materials from commercial processors of animal products or to animal 
cell lines or tissues from tissue banks.
    Limitation of Liability: Funding for the programs listed in this 
notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 
appropriations under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 
110-329). In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible 
for proposal preparation costs if these programs fail to receive 
funding or are cancelled because of other agency priorities. 
Publication of this announcement does not oblige the agency to award 
any specific project or to obligate any available funds.
    Executive Order 12866: This funding notice was determined to be not 
significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866.
    Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): It has been determined that 
this notice does not contain policies with federalism implications as 
that term is defined in Executive Order 13132.
    Executive Order 12372: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
    Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act: Notice and 
comment are not required under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 
U.S.C. 553) or any other law, for rules relating to public property, 
loans, grants, benefits or contracts (5 U.S.C. 553 (a)). Because notice 
and comment are not required under 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, for 
rules relating to public property, loans, grants, benefits or contracts 
(5 U.S.C. 553(a)), a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required 
and has not been prepared for this notice, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.

    Dated: December 22, 2008.
Patrick Gallagher,
Deputy Director, NIST.
[FR Doc. E8-31014 Filed 12-29-08; 8:45 am]
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