"NSECs will address opportunities that are too complex and multi-faceted for individuals or small groups of researchers to tackle on their own."
"The NSECs as a whole will span the range from exploratory research, focused on discovery, to technology innovation …"
The requirements for a NSE:
A well-integrated, cross-disciplinary research program distinguished by intellectual excellence and driven by a clear vision, in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
A strong emphasis on education, incorporating extensive student participation in Center research ….
Interdisciplinary fellowship programs for nanoscale science and engineering.
Effective partnerships with industry, government labs ….
Activities to foster human resource development and enhanced participation of under-represented groups in science and engineering.