NNCI: A Model for Shared Resources
The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), a program supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, and has been renewed for continued support through 2025. In this report we describe this national resource’s objectives, current and future programs, as well as its scientific, educational and economic impact.
The NNCI comprises sixteen university-based sites along with thirteen partner institutions that are geographically distributed across the United States (Figure 2), along with a Coordinating Office at Georgia Tech. Eight of the sixteen sites were part of the previous NNIN network. Together, the network operates 69 distinct facilities that house over 2,200 research tools. The NSF investment of $165 million over 10 years is leveraged by tremendous investments of the NNCI sites and their partners into state-of-the-art facilities, tools and the staff to operate these facilities.