NANOGrav Collaboration

Our members span undergraduate students to senior faculty from a wide range of institutions including four-year colleges, research universities, national laboratories, and radio observatories.

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NANOGrav, or the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, was founded in October 2007 and has since grown to over 170 members at over 70 institutions. The NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center is most recently supported in part through a $17M award which started in 2021.

NANOGrav scientists make use of some of the world's best telescopes and most advanced technology, drawing on physics, computer science, signal processing, and electrical engineering. Our short term goal is to detect gravitational waves within the next decade. But detection is only the first step towards studying our Universe in a completely new and revolutionary way, and we are sure to make unexpected discoveries in the process.

In addition to our on-going timing experiments, NANOGrav cooperates with similar experiments in Australia (the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array), Europe (the European Pulsar Timing Array), and India (the Indian Pulsar Timing Array). Together, we make up the International Pulsar Timing Array, or IPTA. By sharing our resources and knowledge, we hope to usher in the era of low-frequency gravitational-wave astronomy more quickly and with greater impact.


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NANOGrav's impact comes through scientific advancement, undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral training, and outreach to the general public and high-school students.


Members of the Collaboration at the 2021 Fall meeting (Vanderbilt University).


Our Collaboration has over 150 members at more than 40 institutions.

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Partner Institutions

Our partner institutions include four-year colleges, research universities, national laboratories, and radio observatories throughout North America and in several other countries.

Governance and Policies


Learn about the core rules and policies governing all of our collaboration's activities.

Publication Policy

Understand how NANOGrav governs its authorship requirements for our publications and communications with the wider scientific community.

Membership Policy

Examine our collaboration's membership levels and the responsibilities entrusted to them.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Review the policies which ensure an environment of anti-discrimination & anti-harassment, including the external point-of-contact if such an issue ever arises.

Organizational Structure

Explore how our collaboration structures itself to further our scientific goals and foster an inclusive academic environment!

Advisory Board

Meet the external board of academics and researchers whom aid our collaboration's leadership with their field-leading expertise.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

2022 Arecibo Workshop Group Photo

As a relatively new collaboration at the forefront of a new science frontier, we are aware of our responsibility to foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We have therefore developed policies to ensure that all members work in a supportive and equitable environment.

Join NANOGrav

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Join our international collaboration of researchers and institutions as we probe the universe in a completely new and revolutionary way.