5.   NIST should maintain regular communications and interactions with industry to facilitate faster knowledge and technology transfer.

6.   NIST should take advantage of the opportunity to play an important role in the multiagency Materials Genome Initiative as the potential repository and gatekeeper of scientific data from multiple sources. In the design of a next-generation materials database, strong consideration should be given to seeking a full understanding of the queries that will be made against the database so that suitable accuracy and dynamic performance can be obtained. A targeted workshop on handling data should be convened with industry and other stakeholders.

7.   In line with its role in external programs involving the characterization of nanoparticles for achieving a greater understanding of environmental, health, and safety issues and development of in-line nanoscale sensing and measurement capabilities, NIST should continue to take a visible role in the coordination of related external efforts in this area within the scope of its Next-Generation Materials Measurements, Modeling, and Simulation work.

8.   NIST and its industry partners should identify metrics to assess the benefits that industries have received in terms of development acceleration and risk reduction attributable to their interaction with NIST in the area of Next-Generation Materials Measurements, Modeling, and Simulation.

9.   NIST should take the next steps required to continue integrated coordination of its internal program organization and management. The success of the collaboration between the materials, chemistry, and information technology researchers should be considered as a model for the similar integration of other groups.

10. In addition to facilitating cross-NIST collaboration in the area of Next-Generation Materials Measurements, Modeling, and Simulation, NIST should continue to strengthen partnerships with other research institutions and industry. The NIST postdoctoral and visiting researcher programs in these areas should be continued or perhaps even strengthened as a significant source of renewal and outreach for the permanent staff at NIST.



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