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UW NanoES announces awardees of Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure seed grants

The Institute for Nano-engineered Systems (NanoES) announced the award of four seed grants in support of the use of nanotechnology tools to develop new, innovative technologies and devices. Awardees will receive up to $10,000 to carry out work in the UW’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) and the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), key nanotechnology facilities in the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure, which is one of 16 sites in the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program.

NNCI announces new funds for student entrepreneurs

The NSF-funded US National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) announces its 2022 Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Challenge (NTEC). NTEC fosters student-led entrepreneurship at NNCI-affiliated sites with an emphasis on developing nano-enabled solutions to global sustainability challenges.  

Winning teams will receive cash or in-kind support and mentorship to help develop their concept. Teams can also participate in the Virtual NTEC Accelerator Program to learn more about translating their nano-enabled innovation from the lab to society. 

Students interested in applying should return their completed applications by email to Matthew Hull ( by NOON on February 11th, 2022 (National Inventor’s Day). Questions can be routed to this same address. We expect to notify awardees by March 7th.  

This summary provides additional details and the application template.   

Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure announces new seed grants

To support the use of nanotechnology tools to develop innovative, new technologies, the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI) is offering seed grants to new, first-time users for work to be conducted in our fabrication or characterization facilities. These grants are designed to help users build and characterize prototypes, obtain preliminary results and conduct proof of concept studies.

NNI is one of 16 sites in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program. As the Pacific Northwest node in NSF’s NNCI network, NNI includes world-class facilities at the University of Washington including the Washington Nanofabrication Facility and the Molecular Analysis Facility.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

Additional details regarding eligibility, guidelines, and selection, as well as the link to apply, can be found here.

Atomic Force Microscopy Virtual Workshop Sept 23-24

The University of Washington’s Molecular Analysis Facility (an NNCI facility) and Washington Clean Energy Testbeds in conjunction with Oxford Instruments Asylum Research are hosting a two-day atomic force microscopy (AFM) virtual workshop (September 23-24) on applications of AFM characterization for 2D materials, semiconductors, clean energy materials and dynamic biological processes such as protein assembly. Each day features talks from expert applications scientists at Asylum Research and UW researchers as well as a hands-on demonstration of Asylum Research AFMs.

UW nanotechnology infrastructure gets a boost from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Washington and Oregon State University a five-year, $5 million grant to advance nanoscale science, engineering, and technology research in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI), the UW and OSU partnership is one of 16 sites in the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program providing researchers from academia and industry access to leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools at university facilities.

NCI-Southwest WEBINAR – Integrated Nanophotonics: The Transition to High-Volume Manufacturing and Implications for Workforce Education

NCI-Southwest is co-hosting a webinar on Integrated Nanophotonics: The Transition to High-Volume Manufacturing and Implications for Workforce Education. Presented by Professor Robert Geer, SUNY Polytechnic on October 17 at 1 PM ET. Register!