Network Partners

The faces of the NISE Network. Complete your profile to join them!


The NISE Network is a nationwide collaboration of museums, universities, research institutions, artists and others working to engage the public in this emerging field.


Community map

Please join our growing community of professionals dedicated to sharing knowledge and expertise in a variety of venues

Mini-Grants award program

The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.


Mini-Exhibition award process

The NISE Network is producing a Nano mini-ehibition for long-term display in museums.  Mini-exhibitions will be distributed free of charge to successful applicants. Up to 50 copies of the Nano mini-exhibition will be awarded.  NISE Network partner institutions in the U.S. can apply through a competitive application process; applications were due January 2012. 


More about NISE Net Community

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Research institutions, museums and informal science organizations who are interested in communicating with the public about nanoscale research are welcomed and encouraged to join our growing community of professionals dedicated to sharing knowledge and expertise in a variety of venues.

A focal point of our work is NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events designed to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology, and engineering. In 2008, the NISE Network distributed 100 physical NanoDays kits to museums and university research centers throughout the United States. In 2009, 225 NanoDays kits were distributed to locations throughout the United States. Digital versions of kits are available for download from the website as well.

The NISE Network community within the United States is organized around eight "regional hubs" based on geographic proximity; we have also set up an international hub for those located outside of the United States. Regional hubs facilitate partner interaction in the Network, help museum educators connect with researchers and each other, host regional workshops and meetings, and providing support to institutions in their region. To get more involved with the Network, find your region on the map, and contact your regional hub.

The Network expansion depends on the input of partners. The NISE Net is about growth and the productive sharing of ideas and resources in all directions. Everyone in the network is encouraged to share their ideas, questions, improvements, as well as, the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat.


NISE Net Regional Hubs

Questions about NISE? Want to learn more about getting involved? Contact your regional hub leader:


PA, NJ, MD, DC, DE, OH, and WV
Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
| 215-448-1193


ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, and IN
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
| 651-221-9434


NY, VT, NH, ME, RI, CT, and MA
Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
| 607-272-0600


TX, AR, and OK
Children's Museum of Houston
| 713-535-7226


VA, NC, SC, KY, TN, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, and Puerto Rico
Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
| 919-220-5429x360


CA, NV, AZ, and HI.
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA
| 510-642-3153


AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, and NM
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
| 503-797-4637