President Clinton and Commerce Secretary Bill Daley have announced the opening of eight new competitions for grants under the Commerce Dept.s Advanced Technology Program (ATP), which supports innovative, cost-shared industrial R&D. Included are the 1998 "general competition" (open to proposals from all areas of technology); three existing ATP program areas--catalysis and biocatalysis technology, digital video, and tools for DNA diagnostics; and four new programs--microelectronics, photonics manufacturing, premium power, and selective-membrane platforms. The competitions are the first in ATPs fiscal 1998 budget, as well as the first since the programs recently announced restructuring. Pre-proposals for the eight competitions are due to Commerces National Institute of Standards and Technology by Feb. 27. Information is available from the ATP World Wide Web site at http://www.atp.nist.gov or by calling 1-800-ATP-FUND.on of seasonal slowdowns, nearly every industry is still trying to find people," says Manpower CEO Mitchell Fromstein. Indeed, almost 25% of the 16,000 businesses surveyed by Manpower are seeking additional workers, and only 10% foresee staff cutbacks. The strong hiring will be in manufacturing. More than 32% of durable goods manufacturing and 26% of non-durable goods manufacturing plan to seek additional workers in early 1998.