About the NNI

Welcome to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) website. The NNI is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving 20 departments and independent agencies working together toward the shared vision of "a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society." The NNI brings together the expertise needed to advance this broad and complex field—creating a framework for shared goals, priorities, and strategies that helps each participating Federal agency leverage the resources of all participating agencies. With the support of the NNI, nanotechnology R&D is taking place in academic, government, and industry laboratories across the United States.

 

 

What is the NNI?

The NNI is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 Federal department and agency units.

The NSET Subcommittee

The NSET Subcommittee is the interagency body responsible for coordination of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

NSET's Participating Federal Partners

Details on the agencies participating in the NSET Subcommittee.

Working Groups & Coordinators

The NSET Subcommittee created four Working Groups to enhance coordination and collaboration among NNI agencies.

National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)

The NNCO provides staff support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.

Contact Information

Names, titles, and contact information for NNCO staff.

Acronyms

A list of nanotechnology- and NNI-related acronyms.

Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges

Grand challenges are an element of the President’s Strategy for American Innovation that help catalyze breakthroughs needed to advance national priorities. A nanotechnology-inspired grand challenge is an ambitious but achievable goal that harnesses nanoscience, nanotechnology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems and has the potential to capture the public’s imagination.


Stay Connected with the NNI

Sign up for Email Alerts and Updates.

Nanotechnology Fact

The United States is not the only country to recognize the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative's (NNI) member agencies have cumulatively spent nearly $24 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001. According to Lux Research: "Governments, corporations, and private investors (venture capitalists) invested $18.5 billion in nanotechnology in 2012, increasing their spending 8% relative to 2010. The U.S. contributed 36% of this amount. Corporations expanded spending by 21% over 2010, while governments and private investors reduced their investments by 5% and 10% respectively. The United States maintained its lead over all other governments, with $2.1 billion of federal and state funding in 2012. U.S. corporations also led global spending on nanotechnology research and development, investing $4 billion in 2012, which was approximately $1 billion more than the next country, Japan."

Learn more on the NNI Budget page.