We collaborate with experts from industry, government, and academia.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) invites you to participate in a variety of opportunities at the center as a key player, building and deploying standards-based cybersecurity example solutions. You can suggest or help define problems for us to address, support the development of reference designs, and test them in real-world environments. We encourage feedback on our practice guides from users, integrators, and others interested in deploying our example solutions. Download our stakeholders brochure.

We welcome collaborations with:


Information Technology Users

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If you have an intractable cybersecurity problem, or ideas or components for an example solution, we’d like to hear from you. Or contact us to share your ideas for projects, use cases, or workshops.


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Work with us in our labs. You can contribute your expertise, hardware, or software to the reference design for a specific problem. Sign up for alerts from us, and watch the Federal Register for calls for participation. Vendors that participate with resources are required to sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). See an example CRADA here.

Reference Design Users

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Deploy one of our example solutions, then provide feedback to help us validate and improve it.




You can help companies implement our reference designs in real-world environments and provide feedback to help make them more easily deployable.

National Cybersecurity Excellence Partners

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Our core partners provide hardware, software, knowledge, and personnel and designate guest researchers to work at the center in person or remotely. Email us if you are interested in becoming a National Cybersecurity Excellence Partner.

Other Government Agencies


NIST’s Work for Others Program, governed by the Program Management Office at the NCCoE, facilitates National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center contributions to complex and critical cyber programs of national importance.