The NTI seeks to nurture and support the growth of small to medium size enterprises (SME) located in or willing to relocate to PA and to encourage the development of early stage/formative companies in the region who are developing novel products and processes utilizing nanotechnology. The NTI collaborates with other regional partners for prototype development assistance such as the RapidNanoNetSM. The Nanotechnology Application Fund (NAF) is designed to build collaboration between these existing and emerging companies, and NTI university and non-profit research institutional partners through access to critical assets, including key R&D faculty expertise, facilities, specialized equipment and networks. The company’s technology interest must utilize nanomaterials and/or processes in its product development and address viable commercial markets.
Follow this link to the application: NTI Applications Fund RFP 2010-2011.
For more information, contact:
Anthony P. Green, PhD., Director
anthony (at) sep.benfranklin.org
Why Is Small So Big?
Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.
At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:
- Drug Delivery
- Biofiltration and Separation sciences
- Improved coatings for medical devices
Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.