Science and Technology Centers (STCs):
Integrative Partnerships

The Science and Technology Centers (STCs): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. STCs investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.

The National Science Foundation established the Science and Technology Centers Program in 1987. The objective was to mount an innovative, interdisciplinary campaign in important areas of basic research. STCs have grown from a new idea into a vital network of programs. They have catalyzed breakthroughs, built bridges of exchange with industry, spun off new technologies and businesses, and trained young scientists and engineers.


STC Panel Meeting - June 15-17, 2020

Current STC Funding Page

Active Centers Map


  Center for Bright Beams (CBB)
  Center for Cellular Construction (CCC)
  Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB)
  Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE)
  Biology with X-Ray Free Electron Lasers (BioXFel)
  A Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines: the Science and Technology of Intelligence (CBMM)
  Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM)
  An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (BEACON)
  Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
  Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (ES3)
  Center for Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (CEBICS)
  Center for Science of Information (CSol)

The Science and Technology Centers

- Active Centers

- Graduated Centers

STCs In the News

STCs Program Review

- AAAS Report: National Science Foundation Centers Support Transformative Research, Provide Compelling S&T Education

- 2011 STCs Committee Of Visitors (COV)*

Others STCs Related Information

- Profiles in the Team Science

- STCs Annual/Final Report Requirements

- STCs Archive Documents and URL