2016 NIST SURF Program Announcement

01/13/ 2016

Our school has been invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. This letter contains information about the program that operates at NIST’s Boulder, Colorado, campus and NIST's Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

Applications for participation in the SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students or faculty. We invite your Office of Sponsored Programs or Grants Office, to prepare a single proposal to the SURF program. (A separate proposal is required for SURF Boulder and SURF Gaithersburg.) This proposal will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. An administrative announcement of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) has been posted on both and our program Web site. 


SURF Program:

Application due date: Friday, February 12, 2016 [Only electronic application submissions will be accepted via until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the due date]

Students applying to the SURF Boulder program will be matched to opportunities in the Boulder divisions:

Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

Public Safety Communications Research Division

RF Technology Division

Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division
Time and Frequency


Students applying to the SURF Gaithersburg program will be matched to opportunities in the Gaithersburg laboratories:


Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)

Engineering Laboratory (EL)

Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)

Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)

NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)

Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)


Please circulate the information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution. We encourage you to print (attached flier) and post our information poster that is attached to this message. You may also download our poster from our Web site, given below.

Further information and application materials may be found at these Web sites:

SURF NIST Gaithersburg

*Note: The SURF Program will host webinars tentatively scheduled on January 21, 2016 (2:00 PM Eastern Time) and January 27, 2016(1:30 PM Eastern Time). Please check the websites above for registration information.