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NanoEarth does not want funding stress to be a barrier from using our services. To alleviate this barrier, we have a limited amount of available grant funding to help with travel and instrument usage costs.



NanoEarth's Multicultural and Underserved Nanoscience Initiative (MUNI) supports populations that are traditionally underserved in the sciences and specifically by nanotechnology facilities. Examples of underserved groups include, but are not limited to, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with low socio-economic status, women, and, given our geographic location, inter-generationally Appalachian.

Additionally, MUNI supports facility users that may not be performing research that fits in with a typical National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) node, but aligns well with the earth and environmental focus of NanoEarth.

Learn more about this initiative on our MUNI page.


To apply for a MUNI grant, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the standard access request form.
  2. In your submission email, please indicate that you are applying for MUNI support and include a statement defining your multicultural or underserved identity.
  3. Include answers to the following questions:
    1. What is your main goal for working with NanoEarth? How will this impact your research/students/etc.?
    2. What specific financial support do you need? (e.g. travel, instrument usage, etc.)
    3. Will you be able to cover part of the costs? Are there other programs that could provide financial support?

All applications will be reviewed for both project feasibility and grant status. We may request additional information.