Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the acronym ONAMI stand for?

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute.


How is OMANI funded?

ONAMI is funded by Business Oregon and Oregon Tax Lottery Funds. 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 and which addresses an important problem. For example, we have worked 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. Material science, life science just to name a few. 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 began with providing grants. Then, it moved to providing equity secured funding. Now, ONAMI provides guidance for business development and is involved in starting companies based on University research.


How is ONAMI's performance evaluated?

ONAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by the State of Oregon Economic Development Department. ONAMI has clearly defined metrics which must be met each biennium.