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From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in four cooperative programs:

  • the NIST Laboratories, conducting research that advances the nation's technology infrastructure and is needed by U.S. industry to continually improve products and services;

  • the Baldrige National Quality Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, and health care providers; conducts outreach programs and manages the annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes performance excellence and quality achievement;

  • the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; and

  • the Advanced Technology Program, which accelerates the development of innovative technologies for broad national benefit by co-funding R&D partnerships with the private sector.

NIST has an operating budget of about $771 million and operates in two locations: Gaithersburg, Md., (headquarters—234-hectare/578-acre campus) and Boulder, Colo., (84-hectare/208-acre campus). NIST employs about 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support and administrative personnel. About 1,800 guest researchers complement the staff. In addition, NIST partners with 2,000 manufacturing specialists and staff at affiliated centers around the country.

Our Organization

 NIST: Improving U.S. Innovation, Trade, Public Safety and Security, and Jobs  NIST Boulder, Colo., home page
 Mission, Vision, Values  Employment Information
 Organizational Chart  NIST Tours

Find a Specific NIST Program

 Learn How NIST Helps Various Industry Sectors  Guide to NIST - short, technical descriptions of NIST projects
 Brief Descriptions of NIST's Major Programs  IT Security @ NIST
 Fact Sheets    

What We Do

 NIST: Did You Know ...  For Kids
 NIST in Your Community  NIST Educational Activities
 NIST in Your House  NIST Photo Gallery
 NIST and Your City  NIST Centennial

Quotes, Speeches, Testimony

 What Others Say About NIST  Speeches by NIST Officials
 Testimony by NIST/DOC officials to Congress    

Impacts, FAQs, Links

 NIST: Did You Know ...  Frequently Asked Questions
 NIST: The Common Denominator  Links to Related Web Sites
 NIST Impacts in Your State  Freedom of Information Act procedures

Date created: 11/02/01
Last updated: 08/02/04
Contact: inquiries@nist.gov