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Nist Announces Pilot Grants Competition to Improve Security and Privacy of Online Identity Verification Systems

By NIST News

February 19, 2015

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The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a fourth round of grants for developing online identity verification systems that help improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions.

The pilot grants support a White House initiative called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which seeks to improve trust online through the creation of a vibrant Identity Ecosystem.

NIST is looking to fund projects involving new solutions, models, and frameworks that either do not exist or are currently not widely adopted in the marketplace. The identity solutions must be in line with NSTIC's guiding principles of privacy-enhancing and voluntary, secure and resilient, interoperable, cost-effective, and easy to use.

The competition is open to accredited institutions of high education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, and state, local, and Indian tribal governments. Abbreviated applications are due March 17, 2015, with grant awards expected to be finalized in September.

NIST will likely fund several grants, with awards of approximately $1 million to $2 million per year per project, for up to two years.

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