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National Institute of Standards and Technology

FYI focuses on NIST’s research laboratories and its diverse portfolio of research projects, especially as they relate to the physical sciences.


4 Jan 2019

The enactment of the National Quantum Initiative Act on Dec. 21 creates a multiagency program spanning the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. As part of the initiative, NSF and DOE will each establish between two and five competitively awarded research centers.

20 Dec 2018

As part of its “Return on Investment” initiative, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft blueprint for revamping policies that govern the commercialization of technologies produced through federally funded R&D projects.

19 Oct 2018

This week, top officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology sketched out the agency’s three-pronged strategy for advancing quantum information science. Marquee elements include forming a Quantum Economic Development Consortium and commercializing quantum sensors developed through the “NIST on a Chip” program.

5 Jul 2018

Last week, the House Science Committee advanced bipartisan legislation that would launch a 10-year National Quantum Initiative to increase coordination and funding of quantum R&D supported by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Meanwhile, in the Senate, leaders of the Commerce Committee have introduced a companion bill, and the Armed Services Committee is seeking to establish a separate quantum R&D program for the defense agencies.

26 Jun 2018

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research account would remain steady under the fiscal year 2019 spending bills advanced by House and Senate appropriators. However, the budget for NIST research facility construction would be more than halved from the elevated level the agency received for fiscal year 2018.

29 May 2018

The House Science Committee plans to introduce a bill next month that would create a 10-year National Quantum Initiative aimed at increasing America’s strategic focus on quantum information science and technology development.

10 May 2018

Draft spending bills advanced this week in the House offer initial indications of the outlook for federal science funding in fiscal year 2019. The picture emerging is largely positive, with House appropriators seeking substantial increases for several science agencies.

1 May 2018

Increasing the odds that the fruits of federally funded R&D traverse the so-called “valley of death” between the lab and the market without spoiling has emerged as a top priority of the Trump administration.

4 Apr 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is receiving the largest funding increase, by percentage, of the science agencies in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations law. Most of the increase is designated for research facility construction, but nearly all major NIST programs will see at least flat funding.

16 Feb 2018

The Trump administration has proposed decreasing the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s budget by 34 percent in fiscal year 2019, a steeper cut than it sought last year.