SENIC Catalyst Program


In support of its vision to strengthen and accelerate discovery in nanoscience and nanoengineering across the US, SENIC has established the SENIC Catalyst Program. This program allows members from the microtechnology, nanotechnology, and larger scientific communities limited free access to the SENIC facilities to aid in research, obtain preliminary data, conduct proof-of-concept studies, or for educational purposes. For more details on SENIC tools and capabilities, please visit Facilities and Tools.


  • The SENIC Catalyst Grant is open only to new, first-time principal investigators of SENIC facilities from non-profit organizations in the US and/or external academic institutions.
  • Principal investigators from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) are not eligible for the SENIC Catalyst Grant.
  • SENIC encourages applications from nontraditional users of nanotechnology (e.g., life and environmental sciences, paper and textiles, biomedical, agriculture, etc.), non-Research I institutions, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), underrepresented groups, K-12 schools, and community colleges.


  • Rolling (submissions accepted throughout the year)


  • Projects will be selected based upon:
    • a) proposal quality
    • b) need for access to state-of-the-art instrumentation
    • c) impact
    • d) alignment with SENIC’s mission.
  • Upon selection, projects will receive up to $1,000 worth of free SENIC facility/tool access, staff time, and limited materials and supplies for a period of six months. View SENIC’s current user rates.

Catalyst Program Application

To apply for the SENIC Catalyst Program, please complete the online application form.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan—tel: 336-285-2856; email:


SENIC is supported by the NSF NNCI program. If you are awarded a SENIC Catalyst Grant, this support should be acknowledged in publications/presentations that are made possible by work performed at SENIC facilities (IEN or JSNN).

  • Suggested text: “This work was performed in part at the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology or Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), which is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant ECCS-2025462).”
  • In presentations, listing IEN, JSNN, and/or SENIC along with your other acknowledgments is sufficient. If you wish to use IEN, JSNN, or SENIC logos, please contact us.