The NIC was initially established in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, from a Major Research Infrastructure grant award. At that time additional funding came from the Botany, Biochemistry, Horticulture, and Genetics departments, along with the grauduate school and CALS.
The concept of an imaging center for the Department of Botany was originated by Anthony B. Bleecker, Professor of Botany, 1989-2005. Around 2002, Tony Bleecker began to talk about the need for accessible modern imaging equipment for the plant biology community here, and that we should do something about it. You too can help us continue making his vision a reality. Donations to the NIC can be made via the Bleecker Memorial Fund at the UW Foundation (Designate 112164180/Bleecker Fund-Botany).