Pilot Grants 2012—Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I obtain the application package for the Pilot Projects grant opportunity (2012-NIST-NSTIC-01)?
2. Where can I find the "near and long term benchmarks" referred to on p.13 of the FFO notice in the description of the "Merit of Contribution" criterion?
3. In reference to the Evaluation Criteria, Section a., "Rationality and Feasibility," clarify the following two factors: (5) the ability to address differences between conformity and interoperability; and (6) the ability to identify clearly, technology versus policy interoperability efforts.
4. In reference to the Evaluation Criteria, Section d., "Resource Availability and Planning," what is the difference between requirement (1) the degree to which requested resources are appropriate for the proposed project's scope and requirement (3) the rationality of acquisition plans.
5. In reference to the Evaluation Criteria, Section d., "Resource Availability and Planning," what is the meaning of number (4) the plan to obtain and/or leverage additional or external resources or support as needed to complete the project and/or to engage in post-project commercialization to move the project results into routine use?
6. What rights does the government have in intellectual property created on an NSTIC project?
7. What rights does the government have to pre-existing intellectual property used in the project?
8. Does the "Buy American Act" apply to the selection of NSTIC grants?
9. Does the SF-424 count against the page limit?
10. Are foreign-owned, U.S. located companies eligible to receive funding under the NSTIC grants?
11. Can a project include multiple separable technical efforts?