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$5 million five-year NSF NNCI grant awarded to Northwestern University, along with partner University of Chicago!

We are pleased to announce that The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million, five-year award through the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Infrastructure (NNCI) program.  Entitled “Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource”, the primary goal of the award is to coordinate the integration of a diverse and open-access group of nanoscale fabrication and characterization facilities across Northwestern University and the University of Chicago for internal and external users, both academic and industrial.   Through this grant and the combined capabilities of the SHyNE facilities, we will be able to connect state-of-the-art research facilities to academic, government and commercial programs across the Midwest, which in turn will lead to life-enhancing breakthroughs.  As one of the 16 members of the nanotechnology network, SHyNE will benefit from and contribute to the vast resources of national collaboration of world-class peer institutions.



(Under the umbrella of IIN)
(Under the umbrella of IME)

NSF NNCI Meeting

Representatives of the SHyNE Group at an NU/UC NNCI WebEx presentation to the NSF
Prof. Andrew Cleland and Prof. Vinayak Dravid in front

“SHyNE Resource streamlines our nanotechnology facilities, providing unique and integrated capabilities for internal NU and UC researchers as well as external users; especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-up companies. SHyNE will also offer other regional research and educational institutions, community colleges and public institutions (e.g., museums), opportunity to access research and training instrumentation and facilities under one umbrella. This award further cements our leadership in nanotechnology and related advanced materials research, education and outreach.”, Prof. Vinayak P. Dravid (NUANCE Center Director).


NNCI NU/UC SHyNE Official Award on NSF Website