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Technology Transfer

NIST broadly defines technology transfer as the overall process by which NIST knowledge, facilities or capabilities in measurement science, standards and technology promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in order to enhance economic security and improve quality of life.

NIST uses many different approaches to work collaboratively with industry and other organizations. Primary activities include participation on committees in Standards Developing Organizations, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), User Facilities, Postdoctoral Research Program, Guest Researchers, and Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops. NIST offers direct work products that can be used by others, including licensing patented inventions, laboratory accreditation services, Standard Reference Data (SRD) and Standard Reference Materials (SRM).


NIST Technology Transfer Activities and Products (FY 2017)
Active License Agreements 61
Calibration Services 13,082
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) 370
Guest Researchers 3,181
Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) 290
National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) 723 NVLAP-accredited laboratories
User Facility Research Participants

3,103 NanoFab

2,700 NIST Center for Neutron Research
Participation in Standards Developing Organizations 440 staff members in 119 organizations
Scientific and Technical Publications 1,433
Standard Reference Data (SRD) 2,229 e-commerce orders
7,995 sold via distributor
3,119 product downloads
Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) 32,348 units sold



Created February 9, 2018, Updated December 21, 2018