Kavli Institute at Cornell

The Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) is devoted to the development and utilization of next-generation tools for exploring the nanoscale world.

KIC creates new techniques to image and dynamically control nanoscale systems and uses these techniques to push the frontiers of nanoscale science. KIC’s measurement-oriented mission complements existing strengths at Cornell in nanofabrication.

Open to all members of the Cornell nano community,KIC funds small, innovative teams to develop cross-cutting approaches to science at the boundaries of nanoscale imaging, manipulation, and control. These come in two types, Fellow Projects and Instrumentation Projects. They will typically involve faculty both within and outside KIC. High risk, high payoff projects will be strongly encouraged.


KIC is housed in the new Physical Sciences Building. Labs are on the basement level, and Director’s office and conference room are located on the 4th Floor. The instrumentation in the KIC Facility is available to the entire Cornell community, and uniform user fees will be charged.

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2020 Calls for Applications

KIC Postdoctoral fellowship applications due November 1, 2020.

KIC Instrumentation grant applications due November 1, 2020.

  • The Kavli Foundation advances science for the benefit of humanity and promotes increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

    Read about exciting new research in nano, neuro and astro at The Kavli Blog.

    Other Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience:

    Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (KNI)

    Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft)

    Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology at Harvard University (KIBST)

    Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (ENSI)

  • Contact

    Kavli Institute at Cornell for
    Nanoscale Science
    420 Physical Sciences Building
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Trisica Munroe, Assistant Director for Research Initiatives.
    Phone: 607-255-5580
    Email: kicnano@cornell.edu