1.2 Advance Innovation

Why is innovation important?

When U.S. businesses innovate, they come up with new ideas and dynamic products that improve their competitive position. As they grow their business that success creates jobs in the U.S. economy.
"The drive for excellence, advancement, and innovation in the United States has brought forth significant discoveries, developed life-saving research, and improved the quality of life for millions of Americans.”  President Trump, World Intellectual Property Day proclamation

Strategic Objective 1.2 Progress Update

The Department made significant progress on all strategies, including quantum computing, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, technology development and deployment, measurement and standards, spectrum for the federal government, and effective spectrum sharing. In August 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a plan for prioritizing federal agency engagement in the development of standards for artificial intelligence(AI). The plan provides the groundwork for focused research and standards development for AI technology and systems in order to promote the accuracy of those systems.
NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST provides U.S. businesses and researchers access to facilities and equipment that exist in only a few places in the world. Watch this video for information on how NIST enables innovation. 

The more businesses use NIST facilities to develop and refine new materials, the more value NIST’s unique equipment adds to the economy. The more NIST research is referenced, the more it contributes to cutting edge innovation.

Lab-to-Market Initiative: delivering tech transfer
The Department of Commerce is leading U.S. government efforts to improve the transfer of federally-funded technologies from lab-to-market. The Federal Government invests approximately $150 billion annually in research and development (R&D) conducted at Federal laboratories, universities, and other research organizations.
Watch this video to know more about technology transfer and how NIST labs are leading efforts to increase the return on investment from federally-funded R&D. NIST helps America maintain its position as the leader in global innovation and strengthens our national industrial base.

YouTube Video: Federal Laboratory consortium for Technology Transfer
nSoft: an example of NIST's collaborative approach to support innovation
nSoft is a consortium sponsored by NIST for the advancement of neutron-based measurements for manufacturing of soft materials, like biodegradable plastics, or new biopharmaceuticals.
Through the nSoft consortium, NIST directly engages with industry research staff and provides access to equipment at NIST facilities to innovate and problem solve. This unique approach increases the value of the equipment to the U.S. economy and accelerates innovation. 

Quantum Technology: the future of innovation
NIST has world-leading expertise in quantum science. NIST scientists work with industry and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge quantum technologies, such as computing and measurement devices, that support U.S. companies building new businesses and services.  
Through its cutting edge R&D and partnerships with industry, such as SRI International to establish the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QEDC), NIST is taking steps to ensure that the United States remains on the forefront of technology.The QEDC will support the research and development necessary to build the infrastructure for the growing industry of quantum systems.
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About the National Institute of Standards and Technology
About NIST- Overview of mission, values, and structure
About nSoft, Information and resources for commercial partnering
About NIST Quantum Information Science, Information on quantum research and partners