Founded in 1824 as the first technological university in the English-speaking world, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made an indelible mark on both the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, among the world’s preeminent research universities, Rensselaer offers students an interactive, interdisciplinary education — and a chance to be among the forces shaping the 21st century. Rensselaer students share a legacy of academic achievement, discovery and innovation, entrepreneurship, creative expression, and global leadership.
The Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center integrates research, education, and technology dissemination to serve as a leading national and international resource nanoscale science and technology. We partner with industry and research groups internationally, quality undergraduate institutions and innovative K-12 educational programs to ensure that the Center's research, education and outreach efforts are having significant impact on society.
About the U.S. National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal support.
The 2011-12 New York State Budget merged NYSTAR into Empire State Development and created a new Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). The merger recognized the integral role of innovation to economic growth in the state. The mission of NYSTAR is to help new and existing businesses become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. A key part of the strategy for doing this has been to strengthen the research and technology capabilities of our colleges and universities to help create the intellectual capacity which drives high tech growth. NYSTAR's programs emphasize the importance of working with industry to leverage New York’s technology strengths to produce new products and, therein, new and expanded jobs in the State.