A program sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) which financially supports potentially commercialisable projects that need development before being brought to the marketplace.
Two programs--the Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) and the Advanced Technology Program (ATP), both designed to help smaller firms compete--have been reduced or eliminated from the past budgets by President Bush.
Two of these award programs are the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR, a two-phase program that provides small awards to encourage innovation from small companies (i.e., fewer than 500 employees).
RheoGene, Inc., Norristown, PA, has been awarded a 3-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program (NIST-ATP) to develop novel techniques for site-specific insertion and control of therapeutic genes in human adult neural stem cells to treat incurable ocular diseases.
Starkville, MS-based SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc., a leading developer of silicon carbide diodes, transistors and merchant epitaxy, recently announced a new $2.7-million Advanced Technology Program (ATP) award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.