Research in microsystems and nanotechnology expands knowledge frontiers, enables applications, and contributes to economic prosperity in Canada through advanced technology manufacturing.
Enable and support the creation and application of micro- and nanosystems knowledge and manufacturing capability by providing a national infrastructure for excellence in research through Canada’s National Design Network and establishing and verifying a path to commercialization of related processes, devices, components and systems.
CMC Microsystems is a not-for-profit organization managing Canada’s National Design Network®. CMC reduces barriers to technology adoption by creating and sharing platform technologies.
About Canada’s National Design Network (CNDN)
A national network of 10,000 academic participants and 1,000 companies developing innovations in micro-nanotechnologies. CNDN is recognized as a Major Research Facility and has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program.
Research Excellence, “Honest Broker”, Benefit to Canada
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
CMC Microsystems is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusivity. We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, skills, and experiences contribute to excellence in research and innovation. This culture is the responsibility of every participant in the ecosystem, including employees, funders, investors, sponsors, institutions, companies, researchers, advisors, administrators, and reviewers.
Equity: All potential users of CMC services will have the opportunity to access and benefit from our programs through our fair and impartial practices.
Diversity: CMC values attributes that allow researchers and entrepreneurs from any background and any region to succeed, attributes such as race, gender, language, culture, religion, age, and career stage; institutional and company attributes such as size, type, and location; and research spanning the entire spectrum of basic to applied and across all disciplines and industrial sectors.
Inclusion: CMC respects and values all individuals for their contributions and our culture encourages collaboration, partnership, and engagement among diverse groups of people, institutions, and areas of research to maximize the potential of Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem.
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