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Much of our support to U.S. industry is in the form of products and services. To help you find the products and services you need, we've grouped information on the most-often-requested ones here. If you don't see what you're looking for, contact our Public Inquiries Office at (301) 975-NIST or

 Assistance to smaller manufacturers - Small to mid-sized manufacturing firms can get help in solving business and technical problems from the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The MEP network has outreach centers in every state to help manufacturers with productivity, modernization, information technology, and other issues that affect their ability to compete in the global marketplace.
 Calibrations - NIST calibration services help makers and users of precision instruments to achieve the highest possible levels of measurement quality and productivity. These services directly link a customer's instrument or transfer standard to national and international standards.
 Databases - NIST customers can purchase a wide variety of highly accurate scientific and technical databases through the NIST Standard Reference Data Program. A number of popular NIST data collections, such as the Chemistry WebBook and Physical Reference Data, are available for free on the World Wide Web.
 Laboratory accreditation - Public and private laboratories can demonstrate their competence to perform tests and calibrations in a specific field by earning accreditation in the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.
 Measurement and standards research - Researchers in NIST Laboratories, located in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., conduct research in physical and engineering sciences. The labs respond to industry needs for measurement methods, tools, data, and technology. NIST researchers collaborate with colleagues in industry, academic institutions, and other government agencies.
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 Publications - This page links to NIST publications. Included is a database of NIST technical publications, the NIST Journal of Research, other NIST publications, and information on ordering NIST publications.
 Quality guidelines - NIST manages the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes organizational performance excellence. This prestigious award does far more than recognize annual winners. Since it began in 1988, the Baldrige criteria for performance excellence have guided thousands of organizations worldwide in assessing and improving their overall performance.
 R&D funding - NIST's Advanced Technology Program provides multiyear co-funding for high-risk, high-payoff R&D projects sponsored by individual companies or industry-led joint ventures. Another potential funding source is the Small Business Innovation Research Program. SBIR grants fund proposals by small businesses for R&D efforts matching areas recommended annually by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 Software - This page offers freely available NIST software programs, including programs to help evaluate and test software, to model fire and smoke plumes, and to allow personal computers to set their clocks to the NIST atomic clock.
 Standards - Descriptions of and links to NIST's standards information, tools, and activities are given on this page.
 Standard Reference Materials - A Standard Reference Material is a NIST-produced measurement tool designed to ensure the accuracy of measurements in industry, manufacturing, medicine, environmental monitoring, and research. NIST produces and sells more than one thousand different SRMs.
 Weights and Measures - How do you know that a gallon of milk actually contains one gallon? NIST's Office of Weights and Measures works to assure a uniform system of weights and measures in the United States. Accuracy in weights and measures gives consumers confidence in the marketplace and assures fair competition among businesses.



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Date created: 9/6/00
Last updated: 08/19/2003