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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an unusual federal agency. Its mission is broad—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.

An essential part of NIST's work is to anticipate the future. Fast-moving sectors such as nanotechnology, quantum information science, homeland security, information technology, and advanced manufacturing need sophisticated technical support systems to flourish and grow. NIST provides that support by continually improving the U.S. measurement system, developing new technologies, fostering standards, and providing both the business and technical evaluation tools needed to produce quality products and organizations.

Licensing NIST Inventions

The Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) negotiates the licensing of NIST patented inventions, pursuant to the policy and objectives set forth in the 1980 Amendments to the Patent and Trademark Laws (Bayh-Dole) Act and the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, as amended. Parties interested in licensing an issued patent or patent application to conduct further research on and/or commercialize NIST technology can obtain a license application on-line or from TPO.

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Funding Opportunities

Grants/awards supporting research at industry, academic, and other institutions are available on a competitive basis through several different Institute offices. For general information on NIST grants programs, please contact Christopher Hunton at (301) 975-5718.

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Tech. Transfer / Research Partnerships

TPO builds and sustains technology partnering activities between NIST laboratories and industries in the USA, local, state and federal agencies, and the general public. On this site, visitors can search NIST technology available for licensing; learn about potential collaboration tools and the SBIR Program; and, discover TPO sponsored news and events.

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