Collaborate with Us: Technical Contributions

There are a variety of opportunities for getting involved in designing, building, deploying, and documenting standards-based cybersecurity solutions at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The NCCoE works with members of industry to identify the most pressing cybersecurity challenges and to address technology gaps affecting multiple sectors of the economy.


Contribute to a Project

Get started today. Review and provide insights on draft publications that are the culmination of each NCCoE project's research efforts.

Work with us in our labs. The NCCoE uses a formal process to solicit collaborators for its projects. For each NCCoE project, we announce a collaboration opportunity in the Federal Register. The Federal Register Notice (FRN) includes the project’s technical requirements and details the process for organizations interested in participating.

Potential collaborators can submit a letter of interest (LOI) that identifies the products, technologies and engineering expertise being offered to the NCCoE to support the project. NIST evaluates each LOI on a first-come, first-served basis and determines technical acceptability based on fit to the project’s scope and satisfaction of the project’s technical requirements. 

Sign up for alerts from us and watch the Federal Register for calls for participation. Organizations that are selected to participate are required to sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). See an example CRADA.

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Become a Partner

The National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) program is an ongoing collaborative partnership between U.S. companies and NIST’s NCCoE with the potential to advance the state of cybersecurity practice. This program fosters rapid adoption and broad deployment of integrated cybersecurity tools and techniques that enhance consumer confidence in U.S. information systems.

NCEP partners have pledged to provide hardware, software and expertise to support our mutual efforts to advance rapid adoption of secure technologies. In addition to contributing equipment and other products to the NCCoE’s test environments, companies may designate guest researchers to work at the center, in person or remotely.

Learn more about how your organization can get involved by emailing