A new publication describing more than 250 different research projects, grants and industry outreach programs, services and research facilities at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology is available in print and electronically.
The 116-page guide includes updated descriptions of the Advanced Technology Program, which provides cost-shared funding to industry for new, high-risk technologies with significant commercial potential, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The latter is a nationwide network of centers helping small and medium-sized manufacturers adopt modern technologies. Both programs received substantial funding increases requested by the Clinton Administration for fiscal year 1994 and recently approved by the Congress.
"NIST plans to use requested funding increases to transform itself from primarily a measurement laboratory with three relatively small extramural programs to a full-service technology development, funding, extension and quality improvement partner for U.S. industry," said Arati Prabhakar, director of the agency, in her foreword to the Guide to NIST.
She challenges U.S. companies, universities, associations and other organizations to "work with us to make all aspects of U.S. technology—from development to commercialization to adoption by manufacturers—the envy of the world."
The guide covers all major NIST programs and includes NIST contact names, addresses and phone numbers with each entry. Electronic mail addresses are provided for most NIST contacts. Also included is a listing of electronic bulletin boards and information retrieval systems. Other lists cover research consortia, research grants, publications, mechanisms for collaborative research with NIST, facilities and a detailed subject index.
A section titled "Success Stories" describes examples of past NIST/industry interactions from each of the Institute's four major program areas: ATP, MEP, laboratory research and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
For a free printed copy of Guide to NIST, send a self- addressed mailing label to the NIST Public Affairs Division, A903 Administration Bldg., NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-0001; or fax requests to (301) 926-1630.
Full text of the report is available electronically through the Internet Gopher system. From a remote log in, type "telnet gopher.nist.gov". At the log-in prompt, type "gopher". From a gopher client, use the gopher server as "gopherserver.nist.gov" with port 70. The electronic version of the guide allows for customized searches of topics of interest.
As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards