IIN and TERA-Print research team selected for U.S. Department of Defense DESI program

August 10, 2018

EVANSTON, Ill.–An International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and TERA-print, LLC researcher team has been selected to participate in the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI), a U.S. Department of Defense pilot program supporting university-industry research collaboration focused on accelerating the impact of basic research on defense capabilities.

TERA-print was co-founded by IIN Director Chad Mirkin.

DESI’s goals are twofold. First, it seeks to foster sustainable university-industry partnerships to identify and apply new discoveries and knowledge on existing capabilities and address technological gaps. DESI also aims to charter a new pathway to accelerate the transfer of basic research to innovative technologies and complement the Department’s other basic research programs such as the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), and the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

“Programs like DESI are vital to foster collaboration in the research ecosystem and accelerate the transition of ground-breaking basic science to transformative capabilities,” said Dr. Bindu Nair, Deputy Director for Basic Research. “I look forward to seeing how these teams can help us address our unique and challenging defense problem sets.”

The awarded teams were selected from five topical areas: power beaming, highly-maneuverable autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), soft active composite materials, metamaterial-based antennas, and an alternate topics section for innovative proposals unaligned to the defined themes. Each team will receive up to $1.5 million over two years to further fundamental knowledge and understanding in the context of end-use applications.

The International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University is an umbrella organization that represents and unites more than $1 billion in nanotechnology research, education and supporting infrastructure.

Read the Department of Defense DESI announcement.