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Supporting NIH priorities with a comprehensive facilities program

Architecture, engineering, and construction contracting; real property purchase and lease activities.

Constructing and renovating NIH space

Environmental Protection
Protecting human health and the NIH environment

Planning & Space Management
Planning for future development of NIH

Division of Technical Resources
Setting worldwide standards for biomedical facilities

Project Resources
Project-related materials developed by ICs for sharing.

Property Management
Maintaining and operating NIH space nationwide


  • Issue Escalation Process
  • Buildings and Facility Managers
  • Didn't find what you were looking for? Search the NIH Facilities & Research Services Directory  
  • IC Space Coordinators
  • Organization Charts
  • Facilities Policies & Guidelines
  • The NIH Design Requirements Manual (DRM)  is used worldwide by A/Es in designing state-of-the-art biomedical laboratory and animal research facilities. The DRM is the most comprehensive design manual of its kind and the only prescriptive biomedical research laboratory and animal research facilities guidelines in the U.S.  Although the DRM promulgates minimum performance design standards for NIH facilities, it also ensures that those facilities will be of the highest quality to support biomedical research. The NIH conducts bio-environmental research to improve indoor air quality while saving energy in bio-medical laboratories and animal research facilities.  The results of these studies have been cited and adopted as national and international standards for labs and hospitals.
    • DRM "News To Use" Issues to raise technical awareness regarding state-of-the-art innovation and the importance of attention to detail in designing highly complex biomedical facilities.  The concise one page monthly articles condense important technical criteria in the Design Requirements Manual (DRM) and place emphasis on flexible design, safety and health of the occupants, security, and protection of the environment. Each article guides the reader to the appropriate section of the DRM for additional topic detail.    

Technical Training

The Division of Technical Resources (DTR), Office of Research Facilities (ORF) is an International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) authorized provider.

IACET Authorized Provider 

News Features


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This page was last updated on May 04, 2016