The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) has announced a new range of funding for any pilot privacy-enhancing technologies.NSTIC is offering awards in the range of $750,000 to $1,500,000 per year per project for up to two years, for any accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; and commercial organizations incorporated in the United States.NSTIC announced funding for a fourth round of online identity pilots earlier this year, however this latest set of grants will specifically deal with privacy concerns.The identity solutions marketplace has particularly struggled with the privacy-enhancing guiding principle of the NSTIC,” according to the grant documents. “Market forces alone have not balanced these choices as, to date, mitigations have been weighted towards policy controls even though, in many cases, privacy-enhancing technologies or architectural design choices could be used to more effectively mitigate privacy or civil liberties risks.”Funding will go to pilot programs that meet the NSTIC guiding principles and three base criteria:Offer innovative approaches to overcoming privacy barriers;Align with NSTIC principles while providing practical, market-ready solutions; andBalance policy and technical controls to mitigate specific privacy or civil liberties risks.Applications must be submitted through by 28 May. A two-hour informational webinar is also scheduled for 15 April.