Initial Publication Date: May 27, 2024

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure--The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports 16 user facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office as the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). The NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Explore their Sites, Tools (over 2000 characterization and fabrication tools are available for use through the NNCI network), Experts (find colleagues for collaboration), Resources), and Learn More about Education and Outreach, Nano and Society, and Innovation Ecosystem resources.

The mission of the NNCI is to expand awareness and use of nanotechnology/science (NSF 15-519) by providing:

  • open, cost-effective access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The program aims to make these capabilities broadly available to the nation's researchers in academe, industry, and government to help catalyze new discoveries in science and engineering and to stimulate technological innovation.
  • effective training of a new generation of transdisciplinary scientists and engineers.
  • integrated research and education opportunities through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions must recruit, train, and prepare a diverse STEM workforce to advance the frontiers of science and participate in the U.S. technology-based economy. NSF's mission calls for the broadening of opportunities and expanding participation of groups, institutions, and geographic regions that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, which is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering.

The Workshop on Nanotechnology Infrastructure of The Future -- a report to the National Science Foundation.

Educational Resources Available Through the NNCI

Learn and Explore -- The NNCI portal to educational resources at each of the 16 sites, resources for educators, and REU programs.

  • Innovation Ecosystem --"The 2021 NNI Strategic Plan calls for "innovative mechanisms to realize the transformational societal benefits that flow from faster commercialization of nanotechnologies". The 16 sites comprising the NNCI form a unique "innovation ecosystem" that can accelerate the translation of nano-enabled discoveries from the lab to society."
  • Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom--The NNCI Image Contest --In honor of National Nanotechnology Day, October 9th, the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) hosted our annual Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest. Referencing Richard Feynman's 1959 lecture, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," this image contest celebrates the beauty of the micro and nanoscale. Images featured in this contest were produced at one of the 16 NNCI sites during the past two years. See past image winners and honorable mentions for contests 2019-2023. Click on the categories below to see all of the images and learn about the research: Most Stunning, Most Unique Capability, Most Whimsical.
  • NNCI Contributing Programs 

    All the contributing institutions in the NNCI network have developed substantial education and outreach resources. The following is a compilation of some of the most interesting or important resources. Follow the links to each site for more details.

    Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility (CNF)


    Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS)


    Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Hub (MANTH)


    Midwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (MINIC)


    Montana Nanotechnology Facility (MONT)




    Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW)


    Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF)


    Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI)


    Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)


    San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI)


    Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)


    Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource


    Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth)