Welcome to NNIN
All NSF funded centers are funded for a maximum 10 year life-span. NNIN reached the end of its 10 year span on Feb. 28, 2014 and is currently operating on a reduced-funding extension through August 2015. 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.
NSF has released a solicitation for an open competition for individual sites to form the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) which will succeed NNIN. NSF 15-519. The deadline for submission to this competition has passed.
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.