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Mission, Vision, Core Competencies, and Core Values

NIST's mission:

To promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

NIST's vision:

NIST will be the world’s leader in creating critical measurement solutions and promoting equitable standards.  Our efforts stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

NIST's core competencies:

  • Measurement science
  • Rigorous traceability
  • Development and use of standards


NIST's core values:

People: We value and support an inclusive, engaged, and diverse workforce capable of fulfilling the NIST mission.

Integrity: We are objective, ethical, and honest.

Customer focus: We anticipate the needs of our customers and are committed to meeting or exceeding their expectations.

Excellence: We expect world-class performance and continuous improvement in all we do.