What is the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies?
The Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) is a team of MIT, Army, industry, and other partners working together to discover and field technologies that dramatically improve the protection, survivability, and mission capabilities of the Warfighter and of Warfighter-supporting platforms and systems.
As an Army University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the ISN contract is administered and overseen for the U.S. Army by the Army Research Office (ARO), a part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabiilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM ARL), under the auspices of the U.S. Army Futures Command.
ISN team members collaborate on basic research to create new materials, devices, processes, and systems, and on applied research to transition promising results toward practical products useful to the Soldier.
Army members of Team ISN also give guidance on Soldier protection and survivability needs, and the relevancy of research proposed to address these needs.
Army and industry partners share their expertise on how to convert promising outcomes of fundamental research into practical products that work in harmony with other Soldier technologies, and which can be manufactured affordably in the quantities needed by our Soldiers.
Collaborations help identify dual-use applications for ISN-derived technologies for firefighters, police officers, other first responders, and, indeed, the civilian community at large.