Science and Technology Centers (STCs):
Integrative Partnerships

STC News

Reach Out Science collage of participantsDon't miss the 2021 (virtual) Reach Out Science Slams! - The Reach Out! Science Communication Challenge is a nationwide effort to boost the communication skills of students and early-career researchers affiliated with the National Science Foundation's 12 flagship Science and Technology Centers (STCs). Early career researchers from around the country will be competing to see who can tell the best science story in just 3 minutes! Follow your favorite science storytellers through the Semifinals and cast your votes along the way to help us decide who will make it to the Finals Event on May 4 and who will win the top prize! This is an all-ages event.

Register HERE for the Semifinals Events and HERE for the Finals Event on May 4.

About STC

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.

Current STC Funding Page

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  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)