Learn About NSF Science and Technology Centers

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, complex and potentially transformative research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards.

NSF's Science and Technology Centers:

  • Conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations and other entities, both domestically and internationally.

  • Undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or using fresh approaches within disciplines.

  • Can involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports.

Established in 1987, the Science and Technology Centers program has grown from a new idea into a vital, interdisciplinary network. It has catalyzed breakthroughs, built bridges of exchange with industry, spun off new technologies and businesses, and trained young scientists and engineers.

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News: New centers announced

News: New centers announced


In September 2021, NSF announced six new Science and Technology Centers to advance ambitious, complex research in fields ranging from mechanobiology to particle physics to climate change. For decades, NSF Science and Technology Centers have transformed cellular biology, combined scientific disciplines to enhance accelerator capabilities, and revolutionized real-time functional imaging by providing the ability to observe the activity of a single atom.

The centers will focus on establishing new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies that have the potential for broad impacts on science and society. They will shine light on emerging STEM fields to develop a globally competitive STEM infrastructure and conduct outreach to inform the public of breakthrough science. Read more...

Active centers

Active centers


Class of 2021

  • Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP)
  • Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability Center (STEPS)
  • Center for Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP)
  • Center for OLDest Ice EXploration (COLDEX)
  • Center for Research On Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS)
  • Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD)

Class of 2016

  • Center for Bright Beams (CBB)
  • Center for Cellular Construction (CCC)
  • Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB)
  • Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE)

Class of 2013

  • Biology with X-Ray Free Electron Lasers (BioXFel)
  • Center for Brains, Minds and Machines: the Science and Technology of Intelligence (CBMM)
  • Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM)

Class of 2010

  • An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (BEACON)
  • Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
  • Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (ES3)
  • Center for Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (CEBICS)
  • Center for Science of Information (CSol)

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