NSF PR 03-150 - December 22, 2003
National Science Board Approves Award for a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Science Board, the 24-member policy
advisory body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has
authorized the Foundation to fund a National Nanotechnology
Infrastructure Network (NNIN): 13 university sites that will form
an integrated, nationwide system of user facilities to support
research and education in nanoscale science, engineering and
Led by Cornell University, the NNIN is expected to begin
operation in January 2004 for a five-year period.
"The network will be an investment of at least $70 million under
NSF's nanoscale science and engineering priority area," says
Lawrence Goldberg, NSF senior engineering advisor. "NNIN expands
significantly beyond the current capabilities of the five
university National Nanofabrication Users Network (NNUN) that is
concluding its ten-year life span this year."
Joining Cornell in NNIN will be the Georgia Institute of
Technology, Harvard University, Howard University, North Carolina
State University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford
University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the
University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the
University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at Austin and
the University of Washington.
"By assembling and offering to share our specialized resources
with any and all qualified users," says Cornell's Sandip Tiwari,
the electrical engineer who will be director of the NNIN, "we
have created the world's largest, most comprehensive and
accessible nanotechnology laboratory."
Indeed, says Goldberg, the NNIN will not only provide users
across the nation with access to leading-edge tools and
instruments, but will contribute to a new workforce skilled in
nanotechnology and the latest laboratory techniques.
"NNIN will implement, on a national scale, innovation in
education that will impact all levels from professional through K
12, include outreach efforts to non-traditional users, reach
underrepresented groups, and disseminate knowledge to the wider
technical community and public," Goldberg added. "It will also
develop the intellectual and institutional capacity needed to
examine and address societal and ethical implications of
NSF anticipates holding future open competitions to expand the
scope of the NNIN by adding new sites and capabilities as the
need arises, providing flexibility within the program.
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