NCI Remote Apps

NCI Remote Apps provides access to your home (H:) and group (L:) drives, email, and various applications (Outlook, Word, Firefox, etc.) from remote locations, such as while on travel or working from home. The speed of your Internet connection (dial-up, high-speed Internet) will affect how well these resources work for you.

Accessing Remote Apps From a non-Windows Device

Before logging into Remote Apps, non-Windows users should first download and install the free Microsoft Remote Desktop software for their device using one of the links below:

  Download Remote Desktop Client by using links to the right

   Apple Mac desktop and laptop computers  (Mac App Store download)

   Apple iPad and iPhone  (iTunes download)

   Android devices  (Google Play download)

Logging Into Remote Apps

Depending on your device's configuration and browser choice, you may encounter a pop-up "File Download" window. Please choose "Save," and download the connection file to your device. Open the downloaded connection file to start your Remote Apps session.

Take Training

Before using NCI's Remote Apps, you are required to take the "Securing Remote Computers" portion of the Security Awareness Training available at and electronically sign the User Certification Agreement that can be accessed at the end of the training.

Register With NIH Advanced Login or Get a PIV Card Reader

Remote Apps requires all users to either log in with NIH Advanced Login or with their NIH ID badge/PIV card when working remotely.

For more information on the login options, please visit the How to Access NCI Remote Apps page on CBIIT Solutions when you are at NIH or connected via the NIH VPN.

Personally Owned Equipment

If you are using Windows-based Personally Owned Equipment (POE), you are responsible for purchasing and installing an ID badge/PIV reader (also known as a smart card reader).

Note: Some laptops are equipped with an internal ID badge/PIV reader. Please refer to the list below for supported card readers on can purchase for use with POE:

Getting Help

If you require assistance or encounter problems, please: