National Technical Information Service


To provide products and services designed to increase the flow of technical information and technology into the world marketplace. To serve as a principal source for the public sale of U.S. Government-sponsored scientific, engineering and technical information products, related business information, research in progress information, machine-processed data files, computer software, and to serve the information dissemination needs of the Federal Government.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Technical Information Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
NTIS has over 3,000,000 scientific, technical, and engineering reports permanently available for sale. Each report added to the collection is abstracted, catalogued, and indexed so that it can be identified and merged into the permanent bibliographic database for future generations of researchers and the public-at-large who may benefit from this valuable research and innovations.
Research and Technical Services Act, Public Law 81-776, 15 U.S.C. 1151-1157, 3710; Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418; National Institute of Standards and Technology Authorization Act, Title II, Subtitle B; National Technical Information Act of 1988, Public Law 100-519, 15 U.S.C. 3704; American Technology Preeminence Act of 1991, Public Law 102-245.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any United States and most foreign organizations or individuals are eligible to purchase NTIS products and services.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any United States and most foreign organizations or individuals.
Payment options available for all products and services.
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
Write NTIS, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161, for information concerning products and services ask for NTIS PR-827.
Award Procedure
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
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How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
Provides an extensive inventory of over 3,000,000 information products, of which approximately 2,500,000 are under computerized inventory control. Customers may quickly locate summaries of interest using public vendor online systems, NTIS Catalogs, or by referring to NTIS' web site, NTIS is a permanent archive of information on research conducted or sponsored by the U.S. government. With over 3,000,000 titles, NTIS is the nation's largest collection of scientific, technical, engineering and related business information produced by or for hundreds of government agencies and complementary materials from international sources. NTIS maintains an extensive, user-friendly website, in which individuals can browse, search and retrieve full text reports, downloading from the NTIS site or ordering from NTIS in a variety of formats. In addition, NTIS acts as a point of entry for key online services providing important business information, such as export regulations, research in progress and international news. See NTIS' Homeland Security Information Center website This is the place to go to get information products related to Homeland Security, especially in the areas of health and medicine, food and agriculture, biological and chemical warfare, preparedness and response, and safety training. NTIS is also the home of the National Audiovisual Center, The center offers more than 9,000 tittes in a range of subjects as varied as the 200 agencies that produce them -- subjects like business, education and training, firefighting, health and safety, languages, law enforcement, personal enrichment, entertainment as well as training materials.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
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Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
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Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Ellen Herbst(Director), 5285 Port Royal Road, Room 1014 Sills, Springfield, VA 22161. Telephone: (703) 605-6400. Sales Division: Telephone: 1-800-553-6847 or E-mail: (for Placing orders and for information on NTIS products and services).
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(NTIS Revolving Fund) FY 07 $41,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. Normal operating costs are funded through the sale of NTIS products and services.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NTIS descriptive brochures, and product and service brochures are available on request.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.