What is the Nanotechnology Institute?

The Nanotechnology InstituteTM (NTI) is southeastern Pennsylvania’s first multi-institutional partnership created to accelerate nanotechnology research, commercialization and company formation. This technology powerhouse was created in 2000 by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Today, NTI accelerates regional economic development by connecting industry with university assets through its thirteen member research institutions. The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

In 2011, the NTI was awarded an Honorable Mention at the International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards, in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions.

A review of the NTI is being published in the Nanotechnology Law & Business Journal.


  • $301M Leveraged
  • 841 IP Assets Managed
  • 245+ Jobs Created
  • 47 Companies Created
  • 70+ Businesses Assisted
  • 67 Technology Licenses
  • 116 Projects
  • $16.3M Deployed

NTI: Signs of Success

NTI research programs have been extremely successful at publishing in peer-reviewed journals, resulting in more than 820 articles.

In addition, NTI researchers have been awarded more than 200 federal grants totaling more than $150 million.