The National Science Foundation recently announced a grant of nearly $500,000 to establish a new Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI) at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU (CNS-ASU).

CNS-ASU Director David Guston is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Responsible Innovation which will publish research and reviews related to the role of responsibility in the research and development process.

Our second annual Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies was held January 3-10, 2014. Check back in August to apply to 2015 Winter School.

Learn more about the research, education and outreach programs that comprise CNS-ASU's activity.


The world’s largest center for research on the societal aspects of nanotechnology


CNS-ASU conducts two major research programs: Real-Time Technology Assessments (RTTA) and Thematic Research Clusters (TRC).


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Following ASU's student-focused spirit, CNS-ASU offers educational projects and opportunities for all student levels.


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CNS-ASU attempts to effect change outside of academia by bringing nanotechnology education to the general public.

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