NINT transforms nanoscience ideas into novel, sustainable nanotechnology solutions with socioeconomic benefits for Canada and Alberta. NINT is a joint initiative between the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the National Research Council and the University of Alberta.

The National Research Council

The National Research Council is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development and is a co-funder of NINT. Working with clients and partners, the National Research Council provides strategic research, scientific and technical services to develop and deploy solutions to meet Canada’s current and future industrial and societal needs.

Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta is one of NINT’s funding partners through its Enterprise and Advanced Education Ministry, and provides opportunities to collaborate with the many initiatives in Alberta such as NanoAlberta, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), the Innovates Centre of Research Excellence (iCORE) and the Ingenuity Lab.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta (U of A) is a co-funder of NINT and a strategic and operational partner, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada.

U of A is one of Canada’s top research intensive universities. Its annual budget is $1.7 billion and it attracts nearly $500 million in sponsored research revenue. It is home to 39,000 students, a medical school, a research/teaching hospital and professional schools in engineering, education, pharmacy, business and public health, multiple state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and 400 research laboratories.


NanoCanada is a national initiative that brings together the community to stimulate innovation, enhance R&D capacity and stimulate the development of nanotechnology applications in collaboration with industry.