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NIST Announces R&D Projects
January 13, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced nine awards for new research projects to develop advanced sensing technologies that would enable timely and detailed monitoring and inspection of the structural health of bridges, roadways and water systems that comprise a significant component of the nation’s public infrastructure.

The awards are the first to be made under NIST’s new Technology Innovation Program (TIP), which was created to support innovative, high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need where the government has a clear interest because of the magnitude of the problems and their importance to society. The cost-shared awards initiate up to $88.2 million in new research over the next five years on structure monitoring and inspection technologies, $42.5 million of it potentially funded by TIP.

Several of the organizations leading the first TIP projects will present papers at the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposium next March in San Diego. Among those are Acellent Technologies, Inc., Northeastern University, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of Texas at Austin.

See the full press release and list of awards.


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