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. The decision to spend the money is made through the Oregon Innovation Counsel.


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 type of funding does ONAMI provide?

ONAMI does not provide direct funding but it will help inventors find funding.


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. Then, it moved to providing equity secured funding. Today, ONAMI provides guidance, free consulting and initial investment for business development and is involved in starting companies based on science and research discoveries arising from both university research and independent inventors.


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. ONAMI has clearly defined metrics that must be met each biennium.