Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the acronym ONAMI stand for?

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute

How is ONAMI funded?

ONAMI is funded by Business Oregon and Oregon Lottery dollars. Funding decisions are made by the Oregon Innovation Council..

Does ONAMI only do "nanotechnology"?

No, our name says "nanoscience," which is different and meant to signal that strong underlying fundamental science is important. We are interested in any deep science or research-based innovation with potential intellectual property that addresses an important problem. We work in markets ranging from semiconductor materials to optics to medical devices.

Is there a specific type of Industry field that ONAMI specializes in?

Yes, ONAMI supports science-based inventions in material science, life sciences and energy storage and generation. Explore ONAMI's startup company portfolio for examples. Software is not a focus unless it involves a science-based product.

What is ONAMI's history?

ONAMI was formed in 2005, and our State of Oregon charter has changed over time. ONAMI began with providing grants.  

Today, ONAMI provides equity secured funding for promising Oregon-based science startups. 

How is ONAMI's performance evaluated?

ONAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by the State of Oregon's Business Development Department and the Oregon Lottery. Each biennium, Business Oregon sets out clearly defined metrics that ONAMI must meet.

What type of funding does ONAMI provide?

ONAMI's FY24-25 program includes the possibility of initial investment for business development for selected science-based/deep technology startup companies. Learn more and find out if you are a good fit.