KIC Instrumentation Projects

Kavli Institute at Cornell Instrumentation Projects support the purchase, development, and use of novel scientific tools and approaches for probing the nanoscale. Projects/equipment must be designed to push the state-of-the-art of imaging and measurement science, and typically will be leveraged by proposer contributions of money or personnel. High-risk, high-reward projects are strongly encouraged.

Project duration will normally not exceed two years. The size of these awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis, but will typically range from $20,000 – $100,000. Larger awards are possible for exceptionally strong proposals. Approximately $150,000 is available to be allocated per year.

Each application must have two or more Cornell faculty sponsors, as well as the pre-approval of a KIC executive committee member.

Application Requirements: Proposals due November 1, 2021

Submit application packet to

  • Description of proposed research (max 2 pages): Include names of Cornell faculty proposers and consulted KIC executive committee member at top of proposal. the KIC committee member need not be involved in the research, but will play an essential role in overseeing the project’s progress and integrating the research into other KIC activities.
  • Cost justification (quotes, etc.): The proposal must have a major component developing next-generation tools or protocols for imaging/control at the nanoscale. Early discussions with KIC executive committee members about the suitability of proposals are encouraged. An oral presentation of the proposal may also be required.