Welcome to NNIN
Important Notice: NNIN Sites remain open for access by both new and continuing users. Potential users should not hesitate to contact NNIN sites or to begin a new project.
All NSF funded centers are funded for a maximum10 year life-span. NNIN reached the end of its 10 year span on Feb. 28, 2014. NSF is preparing for a Re-Recompetition for a nanotechnology infrastructure network. In the meantime, NNIN has been awarded wind-down funding for the period until Aug. 2015. Until that time, NNIN sites will continue to operate as normal .
NSF Press Statement April 4, 2014: NSF remains committed to supporting nanotechnology infrastructure
The report of a workshop convened by SRC on behalf of NSF to recomment action re: nanotechnology infrastructure network has been posted. Workshop Report
Based on the above workshop report, we expect that NSF will be conducting a follow-on competition based during the coming year. In the interim, NNIN sites will continue to serve both new and existing users. Users should remain confident that the capabilities of NNIN will continue to be supported. We thank you for your patience during this period.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an integrated networked partnership of user facilities, supported by the National Science Foundation, serving the needs of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
The mission of NNIN is to enable rapid advancements in science, engineering and technology at the nano-scale by efficient access to Nanotechnology infrastructure. We provide shared open, geographically distributed laboratories, each with specific areas of technical excellence, and provide fabrication, synthesis, characterization, and integration resources to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex large-scales. Our users belong to diverse areas: astronomy, plant pathology, materials science, physics, chemistry, life-sciences, various branches of engineering, etc., and come from academe, national laboratories, and industry. Projects may be short term or long term, from Academic or Industry, and range from pure research to prototype product development. Users can perform research on-site using facility equipment, training and staff support. For many tasks, remote usage is also feasible. External users typically spend a week or two, or commute, to complete their work although longer visits are possible. We help users succeed by providing strong pre-visit technical interaction, mechanisms that let users protect their intellectual property, and strong training and knowledge support.
Our streamlined project acceptance process aims to enable the use of the facilities within 2 weeks of first contact. We provide hands on equipment training and extensive process support to enable projects to achieve results quickly. We also have a large set of web-based multimedia training resources related to various instruments that you may find useful even if you are not a user.
As part of its broader mission to support all facets of nanotechnology, NNIN also has an extensive education program and activities examining the Social and Ethical Issues related to Nanotechnology.