The NSTIC NPO has just announced a 4th round of pilot program funding in 2015 for fresh and innovative identity solutions! The Strategy calls for the private sector to lead the development of an identity ecosystem where individuals can choose from a variety of credentials to use in lieu of passwords for interactions online. These pilots will ultimately address barriers to the identity ecosystem and seed the marketplace with “NSTIC-aligned” solutions to enhance privacy, security, and convenience in online transactions. We are excited to share this news with innovators of all kinds so they will apply for funding in order to address the toughest challenges in identity management. Pilots should create and demonstrate solutions that can help jumpstart the adoption of trusted strong authentication technologies in lieu of passwords, in alignment with the NSTIC.
Specifically, we are seeking to fund pilots that address challenges such as:
- Concerns about the impact on privacy and civil liberties arising from the crossing of contextual boundaries and the capacity for more tracking and profiling inherent in federated identity solutions
- The usability of strong authentication technologies
- Balancing transparency to individual users and ease-of-use
- Building security, privacy, and usability into commonly used architectures (e.g., RESTful API architectures) to manage access to personal data
- Limited deployment of successful trust frameworks—especially addressing multiple sectors
- Lack of commonly accepted technical standards for interoperability among solutions
- Lack of strong authentication solutions that can be used across multiple sectors and relying parties (RPs)
- Lack of clarity on liability and other complex economic issues (e.g., “who is liable if something goes wrong in a transaction?” “How – if at all – should transactions be monetized?”)
The NSTIC pilot program was first launched in 2012, and to date has provided approximately $30 million for innovative identity projects.
For more details about the pilot program (along with deadlines and submission information), please visit http://go.usa.gov/3qEjV. Feel free to also share this important news with anyone you think may be interested!
- Link to application on grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=273968
- Link to full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) PDF: http://www.nist.gov/nstic/NSTIC-Pilot-FFO-01-2015.pdf
- Link to Applicant’s Conference:
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