January 2022 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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Constituent Newsletter  – January 2022

Recent News

NIST Awards More Than $3.5 Million to High-Tech Small Businesses to Support Innovations in Manufacturing, Medical Diagnostics and More

NIST has awarded more than $3.5 million in funding to 17 U.S. small businesses for advancing technologies in manufacturing, privacy, medical diagnostics and more.

The funding was awarded through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and goes to businesses in 10 states. The competitively selected proposals were submitted in response to a call for innovative products addressing specific technical needs in areas including advanced communications, cybersecurity and privacy, health and biological systems measurements and advanced manufacturing.

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NIST Requests Information to Help Guide Emerging Technologies

On November 22nd, NIST released The Study to Advance a More Productive Tech Economy RFI in the Federal Register.  NIST requests information to help guide emerging technologies from the public by January 21, 2022. The RFI seeks input about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, legislative, policy, and the future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas.  The study topic areas include Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things in Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Blockchain Technology, New and Advanced Materials, Unmanned Delivery Services, Internet of Things, and Three-dimensional Printing.  

Responses to the request for information will help identify, understand, refine, and guide the development of the current and future state of technology in the eight emerging technology areas named above.


Concept Paper for the NIST AI Risk Management Framework

NIST has developed for public review a concept paper for the Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (AI RMF). The paper incorporates input from a NIST Request for Information (RFI) and an October workshop. Feedback on this paper will inform further development of this approach and the first draft of the AI RMF for public comment. NIST intends to publish that initial draft for public comment in early 2022, as well as hold additional workshops, with the goal of releasing the AI RMF 1.0 in early 2023.  

NIST encourages suggestions about this approach as well as specific topics reviewers would like to see included in the framework. The concept paper is available here. Please send feedback on this paper to AIframework@nist.gov by January 25, 2022. 


International Cybersecurity and Privacy Resources

NIST has launched a new International Cybersecurity and Privacy Resources Site.  The site includes translations of the Cybersecurity Framework, including a newly published Indonesian translation.  You can get more information and add to this list by reaching out to intl-cyber-privacy@nist.gov.  Check out this site for information on upcoming international events with NIST participation, links to these international engagement update blogs, information on our international standards development work, and more.

Funding Opportunities

FY 2022 Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing Grants Program NOFO 

The NIST Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing grant program notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) seeks applications from eligible applicants to support significant measurement science research in addressing current and future barriers to widespread adoption of metals-based additive manufacturing, such as:

  • Feedstock, machine and process characterization
  • Real-time process monitoring and control
  • Increasing process optimization and throughput
  • Rapid qualification methodologies for processes and parts via characterization of surface quality, part accuracy, material properties as well as model-based approaches
  • Computational requirements for systems integration in advanced additive manufacturing systems including multimaterial and multilaser systems

In FY 2022, NIST anticipates funding up to four awards with a maximum amount of $957,850 per award and a maximum project performance period of two years. Full applications must be received at Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, January 11, 2022. 

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Announces $7M Award Program

PSCR is excited to announce the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program 2022 (PSIAP-2022) funding opportunity. We are seeking applications aimed at accelerating research and development that directly impacts first responder communications. Topic areas include mission critical voice (MCV), location-based services (LBS), and user interface/user experience (UI/UX). We anticipate funding up to $7M in new awards, with individual awards expected to range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year. Applications are due January 18, 2022. Visit the website to learn more!


Workshop on the Cybersecurity of Genomic Data

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) will host a virtual workshop on the cybersecurity of genomic data on January 26, 2022 from 11:00am – 4:30pm ET.  Genomic data are central to basic science research, pharmaceutical drug and vaccine development, disease diagnosis and prediction, ancestry tracing, and forensic investigations.

The NCCoE is seeking to identify genomic data cybersecurity and privacy concerns and develop guidance to address these challenges.  The NCCoE is engaging with genomic, cybersecurity, and privacy subject matter experts in academia, industry, and government to gather their insights.  The virtual workshop will feature presentations by thought leaders and opportunities for audience participation. 

More information and registration available here