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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
- This page links to NIST publications. Included is a database of
NIST technical publications, the NIST Journal of Research, other NIST
information on ordering NIST publications.
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.
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.
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
- Descriptions of and links to NIST's standards information, tools,
and activities are given on this page.
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.
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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