Standards Curricula Program

The academic side of the education industry understands the content delivery opportunities (and revenue capture) by simply teaching students about the technical foundation of regulatory product development. However, the user-interest in the business side of the US education industry is not practicing what the academic side is preaching. As we explain in ABOUT US, all the resources of the business side of the US education industry is allocated toward compliance and enforcement. This NIST program offers students a fully dimensioned view of the reciprocal relationship between standards setting and enforcement. The program does not directly help us "write code and get votes" for the Standards Michigan user-interest agenda but it at least enlightens understanding.


Standards Curricula Program

March 4, 2019

NIST Headquarters (Click on image)

The Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducts standards-related programs, and provides knowledge and services that strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life.  Its goal is to equip U.S. industry with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace. 

Every year it awards grants to colleges and universities through its Standards Services Curricula Cooperative Agreement Program  to provide financial assistance to support curriculum development for the undergraduate and/or graduate level. These cooperative agreements support the integration of standards and standardization information and content into seminars, courses, and learning resources. The recipients will work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization. 

The 2019 grant cycle will require application submissions before April 30, 2019 (contingent upon normal operation of the Department of Commerce).  Specifics about the deadline will be posted on the NIST and ANSI websites.  We will pass on those specifics as soon as they are known.

The winners of the 2018 grant cycle are Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University,  Oklahoma State University, and Texas A&M University. (Click here)

The University of Michigan received an award during last year’s grant cycle.   An overview of the curriculum — human factors in automotive standards  — is linked below:

NIST Standards Curricula INTRO Presentation _ University of Michigan Paul Green

Information about applying for the next grant cycle is available at this link (Click here) and also by communicating with Ms. Mary Jo DiBernardo (301-975-5503;


Click here for link to the previous year announcement.




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