Partnership Overview: UMD and NIST

The University of Maryland and the National Institute for Standards and Technology have had a longstanding partnership around collaborative research in several key areas, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, and quantum science. The partnership between the institutions dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the Center for Neutron Research and  Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (CARB) was created. Since then, the partnership has grown to encompass additional UMD research centers. The Center for Biosystems Research (CBR) was established in College Park in 2010, and later, CARB and CBR were merged into the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), located in Shady Grove, Md. 

In the area of quantum science, the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) was established, comprised of leading quantum scientists from the UMD Department of Physics, NIST, and the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS). The creation of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) was announced in October 2014 with the support and participation of NIST, UMD, and the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS). Scientists at the center will conduct basic research to understand how quantum systems can be effectively used to store, transport and process information.

UMD has contributed the most student interns out of any university to NIST's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. UMD also has received more research support from NIST than any other university.

Centers and Collaborations:

Center for Neutron Research

Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)

Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS)

Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)


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