NIAID has created a centralized, electronic forum to promote the reuse and sharing of government property. NIAID FreeStuff allows the Institute’s scientific and administrative communities to exchange surplus supplies, reagents, furniture, and equipment. Staff members can easily post items they no longer need, as well as search the listings for used materials instead of purchasing them new.
The NIAID FreeStuff project serves as a model for reducing government operating expenses and curbing waste. The forum has saved NIAID thousands of dollars, based on the cost of transferred items, since it was released at the beginning of 2012. The project has recently advanced to the finalist level in Round 5 of the HHSinnovates Award Program and has even been cited in a Wall Street Journal article.
Last Updated August 13, 2012
Last Reviewed August 13, 2012