NNI R&D Centers & Networks

A highly significant impact of the NNI has been the focused investment by NNI-participating agencies in the establishment and development of multidisciplinary research and education centers devoted to nanoscience and nanotechnology. NNI agencies have developed an extensive infrastructure of nearly 100 major interdisciplinary research and education centers and user facilities across the United States.

NNI Research and Development (R&D) Centers and Networks

Government funds for nanotechnology research have created some of the most sophisticated nanoscience laboratories in the world. In addition to providing the facilities, the NNI also has created programs to attract researchers across an array of disciplines to facilitate discoveries.

Centers and networks provide opportunities and support for multidisciplinary research among investigators from a variety of disciplines and from different research sectors, including academia, industry and government laboratories. Such multidisciplinary research not only leads to advances in knowledge but also fosters relationships that enhance the transition of basic research results to devices and other applications.

The multidisciplinary centers are listed below, organized by funding agency:

Department of Defense

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Institute for Nanoscience
Naval Research Laboratory

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology




National Institutes of Health

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Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL)

NCL at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD (also a User Facility)


National Cancer Institute's (NCI)
Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

California Institute of Technology and University of California at Los Angeles
Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering and Cornell University
MSKCC-Cornell Center for Translation of Cancer Nanomedicine

Northwestern University
Nucleic Acid-Based Nanoconstructs for the Treatment of Cancer

Stanford University
Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence for Translational Diagnostics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nano Approaches to Modulate Host Cell Response for Cancer Therapy

Washington University
Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy






Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology

Case Western Reserve University
Treatment of Glioblastoma Using Chain-Like Nanoparticles

Emory University
Stroma Breaking Theranostic Nanoparticles for Targeted Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

University of California at Davis
The rodent eye as a non-invasive window for understanding cancer nanotherapeutics

University of California at Los Angeles
Thermoresponsive NanoVelcro CTC Purification System for Prostate Cancer Profiling

University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA Multifunctional Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticle Platform for Treatment of Pancreas Cancer

University of Chicago
Nanoscale Metal-organic Frameworks for Light Triggered and X-ray Induced Photodynamic Therapy of Head and Neck Cancers

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Nebraska
Targeted Core Shell Nanogels for Triple Negative Breast Cancer


NCI Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers

Johns Hopkins University
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program in Nanotechnology for Cancer Research

Northwestern University
Cancer Nanotechnology Training Program

Stanford University
Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolina Cancer Nanotechnology Training Program

University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Interdisciplinary Translational Pre/Postdoctoral Program in Cancer Nanotechnology




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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Nanotechnology Research Center, Robert A. Taft Lab




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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), also listed under Nano.gov's User Facilities.


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National Science Foundation with the Environmental Protection Agency

Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) at Duke University

University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) at University of California – Los Angeles and University of California – Santa Barbara



National Science Foundation

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Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs)

Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing
Northeastern University

Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU
Arizona State University

Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UC Santa Barbara

Nanosystems Engineering Research Centers

Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology
North Carolina State University

Center for Cellular Metamaterials (CELL-MET) 
Boston University in partnership with the University of Michigan and Florida International University

Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies
University of Texas-Austin

Smart Lighting
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute      

Structured Organic Composites
Rutgers University  

Synthetic Biology
University of California-Berkeley

Transformational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems
University of California—Los Angeles

Science and Technology Centers

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology
University of California-Davis

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
University of California-Los Angeles

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science
University of California-Berkeley

Center for Integrated Quantum Materials 
Harvard University

Center on Materials and Devices for Info. Technology Research
University of Washington

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Networks

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Network for Computational Nanotechnology

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)

Brandeis University 
Constraints and Frustration in Nano-Structured and Biomolecular Materials

Columbia University MRSEC Center for Nanostructured Materials, Columbia Center for Integrated Science and Engineering

Cornell University 
Cornell Center for Materials Research

Duke University - NC State University - UNC Chapel Hill - NCCU 
Research Triangle MRSEC

Harvard University 
Harvard Materials Research Center

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Center for Materials Science and Engineering


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New York University 
NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Northwestern University
Center for Multifunctional Materials

Ohio State University 
Center for Emergent Materials

Pennsylvania State University 
Center for Nanoscale Science

Princeton University 
Princeton Center for Complex Materials

University of California at Santa Barbara 
Materials Research Laboratory

University of Chicago
Materials Research Center

University of Colorado Boulder 
Soft Materials Research Center

University of Massachusetts Amherst 
UMass Amherst Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Michigan 
Center for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials

University of Minnesota 
UMN Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Nebraska
UNL Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Pennsylvania 
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

University of Texas at Austin
Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials

University of Utah 
Next Generation Materials for Plasmonics and Organic Spintronics

University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Structured Interfaces

Yale University 
CRISP: Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena



Centers for Chemical Innovation 

Center for Molecular Interfacing (phase I)
Cornell University

Center for Molecular Spintronics (phase I)
North Carolina State University

Center for Molecular Tools for Conjugated Polymer Analysis and Optimization (phase I)
University of Texas-Austin

Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials (phase I)
University of Florida

Center for Quantum Info & Chemistry (phase I)
Purdue University

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (phase I)
Oregon State University                  

USDA's Forest Service

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USDA/FS Cellulose Nanomaterials Pilot Facilities

Process Development Center/ University of Maine School of Forest Resources and the Advance Structures and Composites Center (Maine)

Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (Wisconsin)






Nanomanufacturing Centers

Visit manufacturing.gov for a list of the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, many of which have significant intersections with nanotechnology. Manufacturing.gov is a national advanced manufacturing portal, highlighting the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. It is an interagency website maintained by the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce.