Next Generation Nanotechnology Infrastructure Looking to Broaden Base
- Facilities capable of supporting the translation of discovery into prototypical elements suitable for evaluation of manufacturability and proof of business concept.
- Partnerships with industry, government, and other groups to provide specialized capabilities within the network when warranted. The network will also include linkages with other networks and federal infrastructure investments, such as facilities at NIST and DOE.
Expansion of the NG-NI to emphasize these areas will enable emerging nanomanufacturing processes to be scaled and demonstrated for manufacturing platforms meaningful to industry, while further building the necessary infrastructure to expand to manufacturing platform. Examples of the latter include engaging equipment and tool vendors, the materials supply chain, and the end-customer at early stages of prototype development to establish roadmaps for nano-enabled products. In addition, the NG-NI will now emphasize many emerging nanomanufacturing methodologies, including directed self-assembly, nanoimprint patterning, soft matter, biomanufacturing, and compositional materials. Addition of such capabilities will definitely broaden the scope and user base for the network.
NSF is currently seeking network proposals to build the Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure. Letters of Intent are due April 1, 2013, and the Full Proposal Deadline is May 13, 2013.