|Regular funding for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which supports a major portion of CNF operations ceased at the end of February 2014, the end of the ten-year funding period. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has declined to fund any proposal for the Next Generation NNIN and is currently deciding if it will pursue a sponsored infrastructure program. NNIN and CNF have been awarded partial funding for an 18 month wind down period, extending through August 2015. While no major changes will occur over the short term, the situation may have long term consequences for all CNF users.
NSF issued a statement on April 4 regarding its support of a nanotechnology infrastructure. On May 2, NSF released a "Dear Colleague Letter" requesting input from the nanotechnology community on future nanotechnology infrastructure needs.
We thank those of you from the NNIN user community who responded during the allotted period.
We are currently awaiting announcements from NSF regarding their process for forming a follow on funding opportunity for a nanotechnology infrastructure network.
Updated July 8, 2014
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The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)
is a national user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff support. 2014 will mark our 37th year in operation. Research at CNF encompasses physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences, and has a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. Over 800 users per year (50% of whom come from outside Cornell) use the fabrication, synthesis, computation, characterization, and integration resources of CNF to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex length-scales.
The research accomplishments (under "Publications" above) will give you a short introduction to the research, "Lab Equipment" offers more details on our facility capabilities, and our short course (under "Events & Seminars") gives a practical introduction to the technology. Other links and the search engine will lead you to a variety of information related to nanoscale science and technology. Click on the "Getting Started" tab above to find out what the CNF can do for you!
Every week, several new users coming from academia, industry, and government laboratories learn to use the tools available in the facility to carry out their research projects. CNF is open 24 hours a day, and provides the interactive and exciting learning and practicing environment critical to successful cutting-edge research. External users typically spend a week to two at CNF to complete their work with strong staff support. Many projects can also be accomplished remotely.
We also now have a remote office at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The link is on the "CNF at WEILL" photo at left. Please consider exploring the Societal and Ethical Issues of Nanotechnology by clicking on the SEI image below left. A video tour of the facility is available for viewing over the web. This ten-minute video will give you a brief introduction to what types of equipment and processes are available at the facility. And here are a few panoramic views of the CNF Cleanroom.
Gifts to Cornell NanoScale Facility are now accepted via the link at left (GIFTS).
CNF Users: Please acknowledge CNF in your presentations, posters and publications!