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NIST operates in two main locations: Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. NIST jointly operates research organizations in four additional locations explicitly established to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations that accelerate research results. See more about our other locations below.

Campus Access & Security

All visitors must be preregistered and present photo identification and vehicle registration information upon arrival. NIST can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.  Details...

Please make sure you read the NIST Visitor and Contractor Protocols for Mitigating COVID-19 Exposure on NIST Campuses page before arriving on site.

Other Locations 

  • JILA, in Boulder, Colorado, is a world-class physics research institute jointly operated by NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Hollings Marine Laboratory, in Charleston, South Carolina, a national center for coastal ocean science, in which NIST is one of five federal, state and university partners.
  • The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) (formerly CARB), in Rockville, Maryland, is an interdisciplinary partnership in cutting-edge biotechnology between NIST and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.
  • The Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), in College Park, Maryland, is a new institute for advancing quantum physics research that is jointly operated with the University of Maryland.

Physical security for those locations is not provided by NIST.

Created July 29, 2016, Updated May 23, 2022