Calibration Program

To provide a consistent system of physical measurement in the United States of America.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments

Not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides traceability to the National Standards for measurements that are used for assurance of interchangeability and uniformity of manufactured items, for process control, for informational and scientific purposes, and for fairness and objectivity in commerce and regulation.

There are no use restrictions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Calibrations and tests are provided on a fee basis to state and local governments, academic institutions, scientific laboratories, industrial firms, corporations, and individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Submission of purchase order to appropriate office for service of interest: Calibration Program, 100 Bureau Drive Stop 2330, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2330; or to M.C. 818.01, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, Boulder, CO 80303.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


National Bureau of Standards Organic Act, Public Law 56-177, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 271 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Operating expenses) FY 07 $7,877,400; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 250 "Calibration and Related Measurement Services of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and NIST 250 appendix, "Fee Schedule"" available on the web. Program Literature: The NIST Technical Notes (TN's), Special Publications (SP's), and Monographs listed in SP 250, may be obtained at the price indicated from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402; or from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22151.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Calibration Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2330, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2330. Telephone: (301) 975-2092. E-mail: Fax: (301) 869-3548.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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