Mission, Goals, and Metrics
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The nSoft Consortium
nSoft is a NIST-led consortium of industrial, government, and academic members designed to further the NIST mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science and reducing barriers for industrial research programs at peer-review based user facilities. The inherent roadblocks of peer reviewed user facilities to industrial research programs are well documented. Notable roadblocks include a lack of predictable and timely access, disparate research priorities between the broader scientific community and manufacturing, and the high cost of entry for institutions without existing expertise. Based on these identified roadblocks, the need for a new model of industrial engagement for user facilities is clear.
The nSoft Consortium operates in a new model of access for industrial research programs to federally funded research facilities such as the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). This model is being applied to collaboratively develop neutron-based measurement solutions for manufacturers of soft materials. Through engagement of its members in the planning, development, and execution of research programs, nSoft is providing (1) predictable and timely access to neutron facilities, (2) research and development programs focused on high impact issues in soft materials manufacturing, and (3) increased scientific capacity through training programs and collaborative activities. The consortium is led by the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Division, featuring a long history of service to the U.S. economy through advanced characterizations of materials, and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), a world leading neutron facility.
 "Science for Energy Technology: Strengthening the Link between Basic Research and Industry", DOE BESAC Subcommittee on Science and Energy Policy, August 2010.
Goals and Metrics of Success
nSoft utilizes a unique combination of advanced measurement science and customer engagement to work toward the broader NIST mission "to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life." Key to achieving this mission are the goals of nSoft, namely to:
1. provide predictable and timely access to neutron facilities and nSoft research projects executed by nSoft staff, leading to increased use of neutron-based measurements by industrial members.
2. use member engagement to define and develop sample environments, measurement methods, instrumentation, and data analysis techniques that are ultimately transferred to and utilized by members and the NIST Center for Neutron Research user program.
3. increase the scientific capacity and depth of member institutions and NIST core competencies through collaborative participation in research, use of training programs, and leveraging expertise within the Materials Science and Engineering Division.
Aramco Services Company (Jinhong Chen)
Chevron Phillips (Paul DesLauriers)
Dow Chemical (Alan Nakatani)
Genentech (Dan Zarraga)
MedImmune (Andrea Miller)
Procter and Gamble (Mark Hammersky)
Solvay (Ryan Murphy)