“NIST’s investments will create jobs, revitalize the economy and advance American innovation,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says. “The funds will help our nation transition to electronic health records, develop an electricity smart grid that will save money and energy, and pay for state-of-the-art facilities and research that will keep our nation at the forefront of cutting-edge science and technology.”
The additional $30 million transferred to NIST from other federal agencies will be covered in a subsequent spend plan.
Some NIST Recovery Plan highlights:
Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS) ($220 million):
Through STRS, NIST’s funding provides for investment in “research, competitive grants, additional research fellowships and advanced research and measurement equipment and supplies.” NIST’s Recovery Plan calls for:
Construction of Research Facilities (CRF) ($360 million)
Of the total CRF funding, $180 million will “address NIST’s backlog of maintenance and renovation and for construction of new facilities and laboratories.” The Recovery Plan specifies:
For more information about NIST’s ARRA funds, visit http://www.nist.gov/recovery