Industry Headlines

Plans for Advanced Manufacturing Research Highlight President's Budget Request for NIST

GAITHERSBURG, MD-The U.S. president’s fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted to Congress proposes an appropriations funding level of $857 million, an increase of $106.2 million from FY 2012.

More than half of the proposed increased funding would be focused on advanced manufacturing research, both at NIST laboratories and through a new industry-led consortia program.

The total request of $857 million for NIST is divided into three appropriations:

  • Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS), $648 million: The FY 2013 STRS request funds NIST's laboratory programs as well as a number of other important initiatives. Initiative funding topics include advanced manufacturing (+$45 million), the establishment of NIST Centers of Excellence (+$20 million), forensic science (+$5 million), disaster resilience and natural hazard risk reduction (+$5 million), advanced communications networks (+$10 million) and work on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, +$8 million).

  • Industrial Technology Services (ITS), $149 million: The FY 2013 ITS request would fund the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)-a federal-state-industry partnership that provides small- and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers with access to technologies, resources and industry experts through a nationwide network of centers-at $128 million, a decrease of $443,000 from the FY 2012 budget. The funding decrease will not affect available MEP Center renewals in FY 2013.

    It also would fund the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) at $21 million. This new program will establish industry-led consortia to identify and prioritize research projects supporting long-term industrial research needs.

  • Construction of Research Facilities (CRF), $60 million: The CRF request includes funding for NIST’s routine maintenance and repair budget ($48.2 million) as well as critically needed renovation of a 60-year-old central laboratory building at the NIST-Boulder campus.

    For more details, visit .
  • Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

    You must login or register in order to post a comment.




    Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
    More Podcasts

    Quality Magazine


    2015 February

    The February 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes this years Leadership 100.

    Table Of Contents Subscribe

    The Skills Gap

    What is the key to solving the so-called skills gap in the quality industry?
    View Results Poll Archive

    Clear Seas Research

    qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


    facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png