BOULDER - The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Thursday announced that it is seeking proposals from small businesses for solutions to technology challenges through its Small Business Innovation Research program.

Specifically, NIST has a list of topics in the realms of cyber-physical systems, cyber-security, health care, manufacturing and technology transfer.

Phase 1 SBIR awards, designed to determine feasibility of the proposed research, are worth up to $90,000 over a seven-month performance period. Companies that win Phase 1 awards can then apply for Phase 2 funding to further their technology.

Cyber-physical systems is of particular note locally as the University of Colorado announced earlier this week that it would be establishing a cyber-physical systems research center in conjunction with the new Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.

Details of the NIST competition are available at Grants.gov, and proposals must be submitted by May 2.

The full list of topics being solicited by NIST include:

- Compact, rapid electro-optic laser scanner for absolute 3-D imaging.

- Computer-aided standards development - a software tool to automate the process of standards development.

- Cryptographic acceleration for border gateway protocol security.

- Erbium-based diode-pumped solid-state lasers for remote sensing.

- Instrument to detect aerosolized-droplet dose delivery of vaccines.

- NIST tech transfer.

- Precision specimen control for transmission scanning electron microscopy.

- Predictive modeling tools for metal-based additive manufacturing.

- Privacy-preserving tools for federated authentication models.

- Production of NIST/University of California San Francisco breast phantom for magnetic resonance imaging.

- Residential heat pump fault detection and diagnostic data logger.

- Secure email agent using the domain name system as a trust infrastructure.

- Silicon single-photon avalanche diodes with detection efficiency that exceeds 95 percent.

- Technology for separation of carbon nanotubes.

- Ultra-sensitive and wide dynamic range, cavity ring-down spectroscopy system for detection of ozone.