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New software to support economical building techniques and technology to improve the quality of dairy products are just two of the projects inspired by federal research in 2008, according to a report the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released this week.

The annual Technology Transfer report details how the laboratories of key federal agencies collaborate with non-federal organizations to give social or economic purpose to research activities.

Eleven federal agencies have significant laboratory operations that engage in R&D and work with organizations in industry, academia, the non-profit sector, and state and local governments on improvement projects. They are: the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, Defense, Energy, Heath and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NASA.

The High-Tech Transfer report is available online on the NIST Web site.

To read the full, original article click on this link: NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry -- Government IT -- InformationWeek

Author: Elizabeth Montalbano