Entrepreneurs and companies trying to develop technology can compete for funding from the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) through General Competition 97-01, offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). March 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time is the deadline to submit a proposal; NIST estimates some 20 projects of about $1 million each will be funded. To receive proposal guidelines, call 800 ATP-FUND.
ATP is also seeking proposals for two other programs, Information Infrastructure for Healthcare and Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Technology. Companies that create information-processing technology for the health-care industry can compete for a total of $10 million to $15 million in prizes. The Motor Vehicles Manufacturing Technology program is looking for techniques to strengthen auto manufacturers' capabilities and lead to advances in the automotive production chain; this program also has $10 million to $15 million available. The deadline to submit proposals is 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 30. For more information, call (800) ATP-FUND, or visit ( http://www.atp.nist.gov ).