Program Overview

The Integrated Nanotube Commercialization Awards, or iNanoComm, are a 1 metric ton (1,000 kg) matching award program for single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) administered to university researchers and early stage commercialization efforts based on university research. iNanoComm is the principal method for researchers and startups to co-finance their most interesting and innovative R&D projects dedicated to SWCNT applications.

As the largest materials award for SWCNT research, iNanoComm removes technical and economic barriers from working with carbon nanomaterials, and represents a challenge to both the research community and the industries they work with to think big. The program was started based on the belief that advanced materials lead to greater quality of life and global change for the better, and that carbon nanomaterials will be the next major source of materials improvement.

To demonstrate this commitment, free samples of 1 to 5 grams of high quality TUBALL™ single wall carbon nanotubes are available to university researchers and startups.

View the Free Sampling Opportunities section below for more information.


iNanoComm is sponsored by OCSiAl, the largest producer of single wall carbon nanotubes in the world. For more information on TUBALL™, which contains SWCNT at purities greater than 75%, visit the TUBALL™ Product page.


Award winners receive access to single wall carbon nanotube materials at significantly reduced costs through a matching grant. This cost reduction allows for greatly improved research and application opportunities as well as leaving more room in the budget for other research projects.

Matching grants provide a free amount of carbon nanotubes equivalent to the amount purchased, reducing costs by 50%. For example, if a project requires 500 grams, the institution or company pays for 250 grams and iNanoComm matches this, providing an additional 250 grams at no cost.


Materials procured through an iNanoComm Matching Award amount to a cost reduction over 95%* compared to similar quality carbon nanomaterials from other sources (given SWCNT from other sources range from $250 to $1,000 per gram). Note that a maximum of 50 kilograms is available to each institution through iNanoComm Matching Awards.

Follow-on and larger scale commercial projects resulting from your research will also benefit from hands-on experience with TUBALL™, the highest volume single wall carbon nanotube product.

Award Benefits Summary

  • Access to a 1 metric ton (1,000 kg) award fund for SWCNT research
  • High quality single wall carbon nanotubes at a cost reduction of over 95%*
  • Provides hands-on experience with TUBALL™ – the highest volume single wall carbon nanotube product

*Assessment made based on information available to us; no warranty is given as to its accuracy. See more in our Terms & Conditions.


iNanoComm provides matching awards and free samples of TUBALL™ single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to university researchers and startups.

Researchers have access to the awards for both fundamental and industrial research projects at universities, colleges and national research labs.

Startups include any early stage application based on university research, including technology transfers, licensing and university spin-offs.

There are no restrictions on fields of application, and all researchers working with or looking to work with carbon nanotubes are encouraged to apply. Research projects for commercialization applications, including fee for service and joint development work, are also highly supported.

Applications are currently limited to the United States, Canada, and Australia, although additional countries may be added in the future. If you would like to apply from a country not in the above list, please contact or use our Contact page.

Application Requirements

Applications will be evaluated based on their advancement of the following key areas:

  1. Technical Merit
  2. Commercial Merit
  3. Potential for Breakthrough Global Impact in Commercializing and Advancing Nanotechnology

Technical merit refers to the uniqueness, differentiation or approach of the application compared to current practices.

Commercial merit refers to how easily the project can be used in industry, such as scalability or ability to solve a common problem.

Potential for breakthrough impact refers to how likely the research will lead to an outsized impact – for example, a project that could improve airplane safety with sensing composites or research that could lead to more durable concrete, thereby reducing the number of repairs over its life cycle.

Due to the nature of carbon nanotube applications, the majority of projects are eligible for matching awards and free material samples. Researchers are encouraged to apply regardless of the scope of their application.

For full application requirements view the Application page.


iNanoComm provides unprecedented access to single wall carbon nanotube sample materials, providing 1 to 5 grams of TUBALL™ SWCNT at no cost (free) to university researchers and startups.

  • 1 gram of TUBALL™ SWCNT is available for all research projects
  • 5 grams of TUBALL™ SWCNT is available to researchers working on projects for commercialization applications (see below for details)

For comparison, at typical industry prices of similar materials between $250 and $1,000 per gram, this represents an effective materials benefit of up to $3,125. In contrast, TUBALL™ SWCNT procured through iNanoComm Matching Awards have costs starting at $4.35 per gram.

 Commercialization applications include:

  • Start-ups, technology transfers, licensing and commercialization, or university spinoffs
  • Fee for service work, where the research institution is performing a service for a commercial entity
  • Joint development projects, where the research institution is working jointly with a commercial entity

Visit the Sample Request page to request a free sample to verify TUBALL™ works in your application today.

Pricing to Matching Award Winners

TUBALL™ SWCNT is packaged in 50 and 100 gram containers, with prices starting at $8.70 per gram before matching (net $4.35/gram to award winners). See below for a cost calculator in addition to the full price schedule including volume opportunities.

The minimum total SWCNT quantity is 50 grams after matching, and the maximum quantity available to each institution is 50 kilograms.

Price per gram to Matching Award Winners

  Large research orders Industrial research quantities Basic research quantities
Volume 10–50 kg 1–10 kg 50–950 g
Price per gram – after matching* $1.65 $2.85 $4.35
Order Size Volume Price per gram*
Large research orders 10–50 kg $1.65
Industrial research quantities 1–10 kg $2.85
Basic research quantities 100–950 g $4.35
*Price per gram on Total Quantity after Matching Award (e.g., a research project requires 500 grams, the price per gram is for 500 grams)

Cost Calculator for Matching Awards


Terms and Conditions

Please review the complete Terms and Conditions prior to applying for free Samples or Matching Awards. You are required to verify you have read these terms before submitting any application.