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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of Germany’s largest National Research Centres. It is one of 17 members of the German Helmholtz Association (HGF), with more than 31.000 employees and an annual budget of approx. 3,1 billion Euro. KIT operates the Helmholtz Programme “Nano and Microsystems” (NANOMIKRO). This is Germany’s largest programme dedicated to understanding, developing and exploiting new and novel capabilities, functions, structures and components realized in a wide range of materials at the micro and nano scale.

A main aspect relates to functional materials beyond the semiconductor industry’s selection of materials, i.e. “beyond silicon”. KIT is a leading member several European Initiatives, e.g. the European Technology Platform MINAM (Micro and Nano Manufacturing): It is partner of successor organisation of the European FP6 Networks of Excellence 4M, NEMO, FRONTIERS, and had been involved in several European Projects. KIT is also coordinator of Europe’s first integrated infrastructure on multimaterial micro and nano fabrication (EUMINAfab).