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National Institute of Standards and Technology

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005 (modified on Jun 24, 2005)
Total Funding:$264,372,000
Funding Programs:9
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. The mission is carried out through a portfolio of four major programs. The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) is a highly competitive cost-sharing program designed to help industry pursue high risk, enabling technologies with significant commercial potential. The program provides multiyear funding to single companies or industry-led joint ventures. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a network of organizations to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to adopt new technologies. MEP helps these companies through manufacturing extension centers and linking/networking technologies and programs that connect participants into a nationwide system. This includes links to outreach and technical assistance programs of other Federal, State, and local organizations. The oldest component of NIST's portfolio resides in its laboratories: Electronics and electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical science and technology, physics, materials science and engineering, building and fire research, and information technology. These laboratories maintain world-class expertise in measurements, standards, data evaluation, and test methods with specific efforts planned and implemented in coordination with industry. NIST also provides a wide range of technology services needed to produce high-quality, competitive products. These include standard reference materials and data, information on national and international standards, laboratory accreditation, and equipment calibration. The Malcolm Baldridge national Quality Award has become the U.S. standard of quality achievement in industry and a comprehensive guide to quality improvement. NIST manages the award program, which recognizes up to two awardees each year in the categories of manufacturing, service, small business, health care, and education.

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