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Office of Special Programs


About the Office of Special Programs (OSP)

The Office of Special Programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fosters communication and collaboration between NIST and external communities focused on critical national needs. The focus areas include:

  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Forensic Science
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Technology and Cybersecurity
  • Manufacturing
  • Physical Infrastructure

In order to do this, the OSP works closely and forges partnerships among government, military, academia, professional organizations, and the private industry to provide world-class leadership in standards and technology innovation to respond to these critical national needs.

Dr. Richard Cavanagh, Director

Office of Special Programs
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4701
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8102
Tel: 301-975-4447
Fax: 301-975-8620