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NIST Locations

NIST operates in two main locations: Gaithersburg, Md. (headquarters—234-hectare/578-acre campus) and Boulder, Colo. (84-hectare/208-acre campus). For information and directions, see our visitor information page.

In addition, NIST jointly operates research organizations in four locations explicitly established to promote the kind of cross-disciplinary collaborations that accelerate research results:

  • JILA, Boulder, Colo., a world-class physics research institute jointly operated by NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) (formerly CARB), Rockville, Md., an interdisciplinary partnership in cutting-edge biotechnology between NIST and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

  • Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), College Park, Md., a new institute for advancing quantum physics research that is jointly operated with the University of Maryland

  • Hollings Marine Laboratory, Charleston, S.C., a national center for coastal ocean science, in which NIST is one of five federal, state, and university partners