National Center for Standards and Certification Information


To serve as a standards information and conformity assessment center and referral service, by maintaining a reference collection of standards and specifications, regulations, certification rules, directories, reference books and special publications. To respond to inquiries, develop and publish lists, bibliographies, indexes, and directories of standards and related information, and to provide trade related regulations and certification information to U.S. exporters and manufacturers. To serve as U.S. Inquiry Point for the WTO TBT Agreement, NAFTA, and ISONET. To serve as U.S. Notification Authority for the WTO TBT Agreement.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Bureau of Standards Organic Act, Public Law 56-177, as amended, 31 Stat. 1449, 15 U.S.C. 271 et seq; Trade Agreements Act of 1979, Public Law 96-39, 93 Stat. 299, 19 U.S.C. 2416.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local government, private, public, profit organizations, nonprofit institutions and individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local government, private, public, profit organizations, nonprofit institutions and individuals will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Inquiry may be made by telephone, letter, fax, or e-mail to the National Center for Standards and Certification Information, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2160, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2160. Telephone: (301) 975-4040. Fax: (301) 926-1559. E-mail:
Award Procedure
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Responds to the needs of government, industry, U.S. exporters, manufacturers, and the general public for information on domestic and foreign standards, regulations, certification procedures, and standards related activities. Information on standards, collections, copyrights and lending restrictions are provided on site. NCSCI does not analyze, evaluate, or interpret standards.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Depends on the nature of the request. Response time for 90 percent of the inquiries ranges from immediate to several weeks. Trade related inquiries that depend on information from abroad may take longer for response.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Dr. Carmina Londono; Telephone: (301) 975-2573 or Global Standards and Information Group, Standards Services Division, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2100. Telephone: (301) 975-4040. Fax: (301) 926-1559.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-0500-0-1-376; 13-4650-0-4-376.
(Operating expenses) FY 07 $700,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Published directories and indexes on standards related information. Publications are available from NCSCI, GPO, NTIS, or other designated private publishers.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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