Scholarships, Internships, and Competitions

BIG solutions from small technology

NTEC-MUNI 2021 is supported by Virginia Tech’s NSF-funded National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology (NanoEarth).  Winning teams receive a cash award to help develop their concept as well as business development mentorship for their innovative idea.  NTEC-MUNI awards:

  • Encourage innovation and entrepreneurship through diverse, student-led teams involved in NanoEarth’s MUNI program ( or another node site within the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (;
  • Provide seed funding to help teams use nanotechnology to solve real-world problems in society;
  • Encourage commercialization of nano-enabled technologies as value-added products or services
  • Educate students on the technology transfer process

We expect to support five awards of up to $1,000 each.  Awards can be used for qualifying materials & supplies, usage of NanoEarth instruments, and student travel to NanoEarth at Virginia Tech.    

Key Dates

  • March 3rd, 2021: One-page summary due (see format in Attachment A)
  • March 10th, 2021: Notification of awardees


  • Teams must be student led, but a faculty mentor is required.
  • Team leaders must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a minority serving institution OR, the leader may have participated in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at a participating NNCI site and submit a statement defining their underrepresented identity.
  • Interdisciplinary teams spanning multiple institutions are highly encouraged.

Review Process and Review Criteria

One-page summaries will be reviewed by a panel with expertise in supporting diverse and inclusive entrepreneurship.  Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Merit of the innovation proposed and its expected commercial potential
  • Quality of the technology transfer strategy and future plans
  • Interdisciplinarity of the team

Reasonableness of the budget and budget justification

Download application here: MUNI NTEC NanoEarth[18211]

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