NNI R&D Centers & Networks

A highly significant impact of the NNI has been the focused investment by NNI-participating agencies in the establishment and development of multidisciplinary research and education centers devoted to nanoscience and nanotechnology. NNI agencies have developed an extensive infrastructure of nearly 100 major interdisciplinary research and education centers and user facilities across the United States.

NNI Research and Development (R&D) Centers and Networks

Government funds for nanotechnology research have created some of the most sophisticated nanoscience laboratories in the world. In addition to providing the facilities, the NNI also has created programs to attract researchers across an array of disciplines to facilitate discoveries.

Centers and networks provide opportunities and support for multidisciplinary research among investigators from a variety of disciplines and from different research sectors, including academia, industry and government laboratories. Such multidisciplinary research not only leads to advances in knowledge but also fosters relationships that enhance the transition of basic research results to devices and other applications.

The multidisciplinary centers are listed below, organized by funding agency:

Department of Defense

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense
University of California-Riverside

Institute for Nanoscience
Naval Research Laboratory

DARPA Center on Nanoscale Science and Technology for Integrated Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Transducers (iMINT)
University of Colorado

National Institutes of Health





Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL)

NCL at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD (also a User Facility)


NHLBI Programs of Excellence in Nanotechnology

Integrated Nanosystems for Diagnosis and Therapy
Washington University, Texas A&M University,University of California- Santa Barbara
University of Texas, and SWMC- Dallas

Center for Translational Cardiovascular Medicine
Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Univ. of California-Davis

Translational Nanomedical Therapies for Cardiac and Vascular Diseases
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Columbia Univeristy, and New York University

Translational Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology Program
Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT


National Cancer Institute's (NCI)
Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
University of North Carolina

Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation
Stanford University

Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University

Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine
Northeastern University

Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
Dartmouth University

MIT-Harvard Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
MIT and Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital

Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Northwestern University

Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center 2
California Institute of Technology

Texas Center for Cancer Nanomedicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center and The Methodist Hospital


Nanomedicine Development Centers (NIH Common Fund)

Center for the Optical Control of Biological Functions
University of California—Berkeley

Nanomedicine Center for Nucleoprotein Machines
Georgia Institute of Technology

Center for Protein Folding Machinery
Baylor University

Nanomedicine Center for Mechanobiology Directing the Immune System
New York University

Engineering Cellular Control: Synthetic Signaling and Motility Systems
University of California—San Francisco


NCI Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers

Boston University Cross-Disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer
Boston University

Integrative Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center
University of New Mexico

Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (M-CNTC)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Johns Hopkins Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
Johns Hopkins University

The University of Kentucky Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
University of Kentucky

UCSD Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
University of California San Diego

(See the NCI Training Center page for more information.)



National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Nanotechnology Research Center, Robert A. Taft Lab




National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), also listed under Nano.gov's User Facilities.


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National Science Foundation with the Environmental Protection Agency

Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) at Duke University

UC CEIN Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) at University of California – Los Angeles



National Science Foundation

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Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs)

Center on Templated Synthesis and Assembly at the Nanoscale
University of Wisconsin

Center for Probing the Nanoscale
Stanford University

Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems
University of California—Berkeley

Molecular Function at the Nano-Bio Interface Center
University of Pennsylvania

Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing
Northeastern University

Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU
Arizona State University

Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB
University of California- Santa Barbara

Duke Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
Duke University

UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
University of California—Los Angeles

Nanosystems Engineering Research Centers

Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology
North Carolina State University

Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies
University of Texas-Austin

Transformational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems
University of California—Los Angeles


Engineering Research Center

Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology
Colorado State University

Smart Lighting
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute      

Structured Organic Composites
Rutgers University  

Synthetic Biology
University of California-Berkeley


Science and Technology Center

Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of H2O with Systems
University of Illinios-Urbana Champaign

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology
University of California-Davis

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science
University of California-Berkeley

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
University of California-Los Angeles

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

Center on Materials and Devices for Info. Technology Research
University of Washington


NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Networks

Network for Computational Nanotechnology

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network



Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)


Brandeis University 
Constraints and Frustration in Nano-Structured and Biomolecular Materials

Colorado School of Mines 
Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Columbia University MRSEC Center for Nanostructured Materials, Columbia Center for Integrated Science and Engineering

Cornell University 
Cornell Center for Materials Research

Duke University - NC State University - UNC Chapel Hill - NCCU 
Research Triangle MRSEC

Georgia Institute of Technology 
Laboratory for New Electronic Materials

Harvard University 
Harvard Materials Research Center

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Center for Materials Science and Engineering

New York University 
NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Northwestern University
Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Ohio State University 
Center for Emergent Materials

Pennsylvania State University 
Center for Nanoscale Science

Princeton University 
Princeton Center for Complex Materials

University of California at Santa Barbara 
Materials Research Laboratory

University of Chicago
Materials Research Center

University of Colorado Boulder 
Soft Materials Research Center

University of Massachusetts Amherst 
UMass Amherst Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Michigan 
Center for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials

University of Minnesota 
UMN Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Nebraska
UNL Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Pennsylvania 
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

University of Utah 
Next Generation Materials for Plasmonics and Organic Spintronics

University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Structured Interfaces

Yale University 
CRISP: Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena


For more information, visit NSF's MRSECs page.         


Centers for Chemical Innovation 

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (phase I)
Oregon State University

Center for Molecular Interfacing (phase I)
Cornell University

Center for Molecular Spintronics (phase I)
North Carolina State University

Center for Molecular Tools for Conjugated Polymer Analysis and Optimization (phase I)
University of Texas-Austin

Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials (phase I)
University of Florida

Center for Quantum Info & Chemistry (phase I)
Purdue University




USDA's Forest Service

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USDA/FS Cellulose Nanomaterials Pilot Facilities

Process Development Center/ University of Maine School of Forest Resources and the Advance Structures and Composites Center (Maine)

Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (Wisconsin)