Egypt Nanotechnology Center Through investment in people, support for innovation, and development of strategic Partnerships, Egypt Nanotechnology Center will actively lead the nation in conducting globally recognized scientific research and producing practical innovations that have a significant impact on the national economy. The center is funded by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) and The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)
Egypt Nanotechnology Center (EGNC) is an initiative launched by the Egyptian government in 2008 to support industrial research novelty. This state of the art research center will contribute to the growth of the national economy through the development of human capital, the production of valuable intellectual property and the promotion of nanotechnology applications in all sectors that are relevant to the economic development of Egypt.
The agreement to establish the center was held by Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) representing the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Science and Technological Development Fund representing the Ministry of Higher Education and IBM Corporation. The development of human capital started by sending 10 Egyptian researchers to gain industrial R&D experience in IBM’s research labs in Yorktown and Zurich. During their post, they work in collaboration with IBM’s scientists on five main projects. Cairo University and Nile University were the founding academic partners of EGNC, and additional academic partners have been such as Mansoura University, and the Egypt-Japan University of Science & Technology.
Mission, Vision and Objective
The Vision Help the Egyptian economy become among the top 10 in the world in terms of the relative growth resulting from the development and application of nanotechnology.
The Mission Help Egyptian entities
• Produce IP through research & development. • Produce and acquire know how through practice.
• Develop applications in various industries.
• Convert IP, know how, and applications into profit through local and global commercialization.
Measurable Objective GDP growth that is attributable to innovation in nanotechnology and its applications.