Funding/Support provided by:

Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences

Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports fundamental research to understand,
predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic,
atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new
energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment,
and national security.



National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.



Defense Threat Reduction Agency

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. Our people are Subject Matter Experts on WMD, and we address the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our allies. SCC-WMD, the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, synchronizes Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction efforts across our military’s geographic commands and leverages the people, programs and interagency relationships of DTRA at a strategic level. We work with the military services, other elements of the United States government, and countries across the planet on counterproliferation, nonproliferation and WMD reduction issues with one goal in mind: Making the World Safer.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.



The Army Research Laboratory

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army’s corporate basic and applied research laboratory. Our mission is to provide innovative science, technology, and analysis to enable full-spectrum operations. ARL consists of the Army Research Office (ARO) and six Directorates-- Weapons and Materials, Sensors and Electron Devices, Human Research and Engineering, Computational and Information Sciences, Vehicle Technology, and Survivability and Lethality Analysis. The Army relies on this ARL Team for scientific discoveries, technologic advances, and analyses to provide warfighters with capabilities to succeed on the battlefield.



Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most crucial and complex problems. Our primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent.

The Los Alamos of today emphasizes worker safety, effective operational safeguards & security, and environmental stewardship, while outstanding science remains the foundation of the Laboratory.

In addition to supporting the Lab's core national security mission, our work advances bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines.

The Boston University Photonics Center

Over the past decade, The Boston University Photonics Center has become well known for building a strong academic programs in the field of photonics: the science and engineering of light. We have also created a unique national resource for development of advanced photonic device prototypes for commercial and military applications.

From its inception, the Center has attracted scholarly pioneers to lead our academic and educational programs. Ground-breaking research conducted at the Center includes work on science and technology for solid state source and detector materials, quantum cryptography, subsurface imaging, adaptive optics, micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS), high-speed modulation and sensing, bioorganic chemistry, nanophotonic devices and biomedical applications of photonics.

Boston University's leadership in the field is supported by a state-of-the-art facility that includes an optical fiber draw tower and more than a dozen special-purpose research laboratories. Our shared facilities include the Optoelectronics Processing Facility, the Precision Measurement Laboratory, and the Integrated Optics Laboratory. These assets, combined with leading academic experts and a dedicated technical and administrative staff make the Boston University Photonics Center an extraordinary resource for students, faculty, and affiliated companies.


Boston University Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology

Nanoscience and nanotechnology research and development are leading a revolution in basic materials science and engineering. New advancements with designed functionality are poised to enable a huge range of applications in everything from developing fundamental building block in the electronics, photonics, and materials sectors, to sensors, biomimetic and biocompatible platforms throughout the biomedical and health sector.

The strength of Boston University’s efforts in interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology form an axis that begins in basic materials science, surface science, physics, chemistry, and engineering, extending into molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, and the technologies of microfluidics, MEMS, and onto manufacturing. Our strengths are in developing and using nanotechnology advances in materials and platforms with our capabilities in biomedical engineering to focus on applications in understanding subcellular processes, biomolecular function and human physiology.

The new Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology is established to advance academic and technological research and development in nanoscience and nanobiotechnology. The Center serves as a hub for nanoscience researchers from the Charles River and Medical Campuses and build activities that develop interdisciplinary research and training. The Center will connect scientists from disparate disciplines with each other in seminars, meetings, joint visitor programs and seeded projects to enhance the development of interdisciplinary nanoscale research. The Center will lead large, interdisciplinary proposal development and run funded programs for both research and training, as well as support individual researchers in their efforts by linking them with resources throughout the University and beyond. The Center will also build linkages between the research and technological commercialization resources at BU including the Photonics Center, the Technology Commercialization Institute, and Fraunhofer and with external partners and industrial affiliates.

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