Jointly supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Advanced Imaging Center makes imaging technologies developed at Janelia available to the scientific community prior to commercialization. Scientific investigators from nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world may apply to use the facility.

Janelia scientists have created several revolutionary imaging methods and instruments – microscopes that reveal biological processes in three-dimensional detail and the behavior of single molecules in high resolution. But it often takes many years for these prototypes to become commercially available. During that window of time, access to the instruments is typically limited to scientists who collaborate with the inventors. This not only limits the number of researchers who can take advantage of the technology, but it also limits the time Janelia microscopists can invest in developing new instruments.

Our solution was to create the AIC. In alignment with Janelia’s philosophy of encouraging bold science, the AIC welcomes proposals with high-risk/high-gain projects. The AIC will cover lodging and basic experimental cost for scientists whose proposals have been accepted to come to Janelia to perform their experiments.