Welcome to NNIN
Update May 2, 2014
NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter, requesting input (THIS MONTH) from the nanoscience community on future NSF support for Nanotechnology Infrastructure. This is your opportunity to shape the call for proposals and the ultimate review process. What type of infrastructure is important to YOU? What type of Network do you want? Please send your input directly to NSF at FutureNNIN@nsf.gov, and be brief and consise about what is important to you, keeping in mind that funding is, in the end, a zero-sum game.
UPDATE March 30, 2014
Important Notice: All NSF funded centers are funded for a 10 year life-span. NNIN reached the end of its 10 year span on Feb. 28, 2014. In 2013, there was an NSF call for proposals for a Next Generation Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG-NNIN) to which two teams of universities responded. In March 2014, NSF decided to fund neither of the NG-NNIN proposals under consideration. After some period of uncertainty, this decision is now final. NNIN has been awarded wind-down funding for the period until Aug. 2015. Until that time, NNIN sites will continue to operate as normal but users should expect a tapering of some user support operations over that time period. Access to former NNIN facilities and staff support past Aug. 2015 will be on different terms, at the discretion of individual laboratories consistent with local policies and with the reduced resources available.
In the coming months, NSF will be evaluating the continued need for support for nanotechnology infrastructure and MAY reformulate a revised solicitation. If continued open access to supported nanotechnology infrastructure is important to your research and development, please communicate that to your program officers and funding agencies.
NSF Press Statement April 4, 2014: NSF remains committed to supporting nanotechnology infrastructure
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.