Resources & Funding


Resources

Learn about the NNI's infrastructure resources, including R&D Centers, Networks, and User Facilities, as well as Government-wide resources for technology transfer, commercialization, and diversity programs.

Funding

This section includes information on Federal funding programs, as well as current grants and solicitations.

Government Nanotech Challenges

The U.S. Government sponsors a number of challenges and contents to drive innovation. These are the nanotechnology-related prizes available.


Learn About Nanotechnology

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These NNI brochures introduce basic concepts in nanotechnology.  Big Things from a Tiny World (left) is a general overview; Powerful Things from a Tiny World (right) looks at nanotechnology and energy. These brochures are also available in Spanish.

Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.