Economic Analysis of the National Need for Technology Infrastructure to Support the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)


NIST is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to assess the economic impacts of meeting the Nation’s need for technology infrastructure to support the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). Advanced materials are essential to economic security and human well-being, with applications in industries aimed at addressing challenges in clean energy, national security, and human welfare, yet it can take 20 or more years to move a material after initial discovery to the market. This prospective (strategic planning) study involves, at a minimum, expertise in the following disciplines: technology assessment, high-tech industry behavioral and structural analyses, microeconomic modeling of complex technology development and commercialization patterns, high-tech industry survey and data collection techniques, and quantitative and qualitative analyses of technology infrastructure gaps that are inhibiting the advancement of technologies. The goal of the analysis is to identify gaps in the Nation’s technology infrastructure needed to support the MGI and estimate the economic value of eliminating these gaps. The specific goals of this study are to: (1) assess the technological and economic trends in the research, development, adoption and deployment of MGI related technologies, including demonstrated and anticipated adopters of MGI technology; (2) assess gaps in the technology infrastructure associated with the efficient domestic development of highly complex emerging materials research technologies; (3) assess qualitatively these gaps in terms of industry investment criteria and research mechanisms used, (4) determine the quantitative empirical rankings of the economic benefit of eliminating these gaps based on novel data and modelling; and (5) assess the implied U.S. and international government policy responses, specific to phases in the R&D cycle, technology transfer efforts and subsequent scale-up (capital formation).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/27/2015 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for the program listed in this FFO is unrestricted, that is, open to all non-Federal entities. Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations incorporated in the United States; and state, local, territorial and Indian tribal governments within the United States. An eligible organization may work individually or include proposed subawardees, contractors or other collaborators in a project, effectively forming a team or consortium. An eligible organization may only submit one application. Federal agencies may participate in projects but may not receive NIST funding.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Applications must be received electronically through no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed or considered.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Christopher Hunton
Grants Technical Assistant
Phone 301-975-5718
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