Download PDF
September 22, 2020

NSF Will Invest $84 Million in National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on August 24, 2020, that it will invest a total of $84 million over five years in a renewal of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).  According to NSF, “NNCI’s 16 sites and coordinating office provide researchers from academia, large and small businesses, and government with access to leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise across all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.”  NSF states that NNCI sites are in 15 states and involve 26 university and partner institutions.  The new NSF awards range from $600,000 to $1.5 million per year for up to five years.  The NNCI coordinating office, operated by Georgia Tech, will continue to provide users with a unified entry point to the network’s overall capabilities, as well as tools and instrumentation.  The office also shares best practices for national education and outreach programs across sites.  The awards include: