12 May 1992 Advanced Technology Program: a new approach to U.S. competitiveness
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The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) is a new extramural program managed by the Technology Administration's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The purpose of the program is to enhance U.S. competitiveness by funding industry-led precompetitive, generic technology development. While most Federal R&D programs focus either on basic research or on technology development for specific agency mission needs, the ATP is unique in that it provides a mechanism for obtaining funding for innovative, high-risk industrially oriented R&D projects that companies or consortia deem most important to their future. This paper describes the ATP, the awards that resulted from the first competition, and lessons learned. Examples of funded projects related to advanced optics and imaging include `Short Wavelength Sources for Optical Recording' (National Storage Industry Consortium), `Volume Holographic Mass Storage Subsystem' (MCC), and `Precision Optics for Soft X-ray Projection Lithography' (AT&T Bell Laboratories).
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Brian C. Belanger, Brian C. Belanger, } "Advanced Technology Program: a new approach to U.S. competitiveness", Proc. SPIE 1617, International Competitiveness and Business Techniques in Advanced Optics and Imaging, (12 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58917; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.58917

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