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NIST announces two new Centers of Excellence

July 30, 2014 Gaithersburg, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced in June plans to establish two new Centers of Excellence that will work with academia and industry on issues in disaster resilience and forensic science.

One of the proposed centers will focus on tools to support community disaster resilience, such as developing integrated, systems-based computational models to assess community infrastructure resilience and guide community-level resilience investment decisions.

Plans for the new center also include development of a data management infrastructure that allows for public access of disaster data, as well as tools and best practices to improve collection of disaster and resilience data.

The second planned center will support NIST's efforts to strengthen forensic science by developing and delivering improved measurement and analysis technologies, as well as best practices and standardized methodologies to improve evidence interpretation and reporting.

Potential technical areas of focus include probabilistic methods—analysis techniques that produce a scientific estimate of the likelihood that a known and unknown sample match—pattern recognition and digital evidence.

NIST intends to hold merit competitions to establish the centers. Tentative plans include funding at up to $4 million a year for five years. Plans for both centers are subject to funding availability.

The government will post information about the application process this summer on

To learn about NIST's ongoing disaster resilience programs, visit the website. Information about forensic science can be found here.

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