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

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Institute for Nanoscience
Naval Research Laboratory

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Army, and Industry

National Institutes of Health

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National Cancer Institute's (NCI)
Nanodelivery Systems and Devices Branch

Cancer Imaging Program – Nanodelivery Systems and Devices Branch
Division of Cancer Treatment & Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

SKCC-Cornell Center for Translation of Cancer Nanomedicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering and Cornell University

Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
Northwestern University

Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence for Translational Diagnostics
Stanford University

Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy
Washington University

NCI Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers

Northwestern University
Stanford University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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Nanotechnology Research Center


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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



National Science Foundation with the Environmental Protection Agency

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Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT)
Duke University
Carnegie Mellon University
Howard University
Virginia Tech
Stanford University
University of Kentucky
Baylor University


National Science Foundation

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Nanosystems Engineering Research Centers

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

Boston University in partnership with the University of Michigan and Florida International University

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies
University of Texas-Austin

Lighting-Enabled Systems & Applications Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute      

Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems
University of California—Los Angeles

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)
Rice University
Arizona State University
University of Texas at El Paso
Yale University

Science and Technology Centers

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology
University of California-Davis

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science
University of California-Berkeley

Center for Integrated Quantum Materials 
Harvard University

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Networks

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Network for Computational Nanotechnology

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)

Bioinspired Soft Materials Center
Brandeis University 

Columbia MRSEC on Precision-Assembled Quantum Materials
Columbia University

Center for Materials Research
Cornell University 

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Harvard University 

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Northwestern University


MRSECs (continued)

Center for Emergent Materials
Ohio State University 

Center for Nanoscale Science
Pennsylvania State University 

Center for Complex Materials
Princeton University 

Materials Research Laboratory
University of California at Santa Barbara 

UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
University of California, San Diego,

Center for Complex and Active Materials
University of California, Irvine

Materials Research Center
University of Chicago

University of Delaware Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials
University of Delaware

Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
University of Minnesota 

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
University of Pennsylvania

Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials
University of Texas at Austin

The University of Washington Molecular Engineering Materials Center 

University of Washington

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

Centers for Chemical Innovation 

University of the District of Columbia

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Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST)
Center for Nanotechnology Research and Education (CNRE)
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC


US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service

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USDA/FS Cellulose Nanomaterials Pilot Facilities

Process Development Center
University of Maine

Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory


National Nanomanufacturing Network

The National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) is an alliance of academic, government, and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the United States. The NNN operates as an open-access network of centers, leaders, experts, and stakeholders from the nanomanufacturing research, development, and education community. It is a partnership between academia, industry and government that is built to foster and serve nanomanufacturing communities of practice.