July 2020 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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Constituent Newsletter  – July 2020

Recent News

Call for Research Proposals in Support of Improved Disaster Resilience


NIST and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are calling for research proposals in support of improved disaster resilience.  NIST and NSF plan to award a total of $3.1 million for scientific and engineering research into disaster-related phenomena that can significantly improve our nation’s defenses against natural hazards. The agencies will co-manage the Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program and intend to make 8-12 awards of up to $400,000 each.

To apply, submit your letter of intent by Aug. 14, 2020. The deadline for full proposals is Sept. 15, 2020. NSF and NIST will host an informational webcast on Aug. 3, 2020. For more information on eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the DRRG solicitation page.

NIIMBL Announces Nine Project Recipients of $8.9M in Pandemic Response Efforts

The National Institute for Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing (NIIMBL) announced that they have identified nine projects to allocate approximately $8.9 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) award received in May 2020 towards the support of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Rethinking Manufacturing Documentary Receives Three Regional Emmys

The NIST-produced video documentary, featuring America Makes – a DoD sponsored Manufacturing USA institute – and two young engineers in Youngstown, Ohio, won three Awards during the June 21, 2020 Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s regional Emmy Awards.

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Upcoming Events

PSCR Annual Stakeholder Meeting

NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division will hold their annual public safety broadband stakeholder meeting virtually beginning July 27, 2020.  The Annual Stakeholder Meeting enables PSCR to receive direct input, guidance, and feedback from their stakeholder community.  The virtual event will include live and on-demand educational sessions and technology demonstrations that will be available for several weeks.

Registration is free, but you must register for the event. 

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NIST Artificial Intelligence Workshop Series


NIST will hold a workshop series kickoff webinar focused on exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trustworthiness on August 6, 2020 from 1:30pm – 4:00pm. This workshop kicks off a NIST initiative involving private and public sector organizations and individuals in discussions about building blocks for trustworthy AI systems and the associated measurements, methods, standards, and tools to implement those building blocks when developing, using, and overseeing AI systems.

The second workshop will be held August 18, 2020 from 9:00am – 5:00pm and aims to develop a shared understanding of bias in AI, what it is, and how to measure it.  Future workshops on other technical requirements of trustworthy AI will be announced.

All workshops for the immediate future will be virtual and are open to the public at no cost.  You must register in advance for the August 6th kickoff webinar and the August 18th workshop.

Additional information about NIST’s AI efforts is available here.