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Summary of NIST Laboratory Economic Impact Studies

  • Over 11-year period, 2000-2011, 16 economic impact studies conducted of NIST research programs

  • Average benefit-cost ratio of 47:1

  • Selection of projects for study based on perceived existence of industry impact (not randomly selected)

  • But, topics cover wide range of technologies and industries

  • And, estimates derived only from industries receiving direct transfer of research output from NIST (no multiplier effect estimated)

  • Hence, studies collectively provide good indicator of past and potential economic impacts


Bottom line: NIST has done a relatively large number of impact studies covering a wide range of technologies and industries. Therefore, these studies collectively can be viewed as a legitimate indicator of NIST industry impact.

Economic Studies of NIST Laboratory Programs, 2000-2009

For access to individual studies, see list on this web page.

Note: a number of studies were conducted prior to 2000, but are not included in this list

Year Industry Project/Output BCR
2000 Pharmaceuticals cholesterol measurement/SRM
4
2000 Photonics laser and fiber optic power and energy calibration/calibrations*
7
2000 Chemicals sulfur in fossil fuels/SRM
113
2000 Building Technology
construction system integration & automation technologies (industrial)
5
2001 Building Technology
Fire Dynamics Simulation
101
2001 Electronics Josephson voltage standard/SRM
5
2001 Building Technology
construction system integration & automation technologies (commercial)
4
2001 Information Technology
data encryption standards/standard conformance test methods*
102
2001 Information Technology
role-based access control/reference models (RBAC)
109
2002 Chemicals National Traceable Reference Materials Program/SRD; calibration services
21
2002 Manufacturing STEP/stds; conformance test methods & services
8
2008 Semiconductors superfilling research techniques
6
2008 Semiconductors low-k materials characterization
9
2009 Materials consortium-based combinatorial methods development and transfer
9
2010 Information Technology
search engines (TREC)
5
2010 Information Technology
computer security (RBAC)
249
16 total studies
Average BCR: 47