National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)


The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) provides technical and administrative support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee, serves as a central point of contact for Federal nanotechnology R&D activities, and provides public outreach on behalf of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

The NNCO coordinates the preparation and publication of NNI interagency planning, budget, and assessment documents, such as the annual NNI supplement to the President's budget. The office organizes meetings of the NSET Subcommittee and its Working Groups. It also organizes NNI-sponsored workshops and, as appropriate, prepares and publishes reports of those workshops. In addition, the office maintains www.nano.gov and coordinates development of information on the NNI and its activities for Congress when requested. The NNCO was established in 2001 by a memorandum of understanding among the eight agencies participating in the NNI at that time, and is funded by NSET Subcommittee agency contributions.

The NNCO Director and NNCO Deputy Director are detailed from a Federal agency to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and are appointed by the White House Co-Chair of the NSTC Committee on Technology (CT), in consultation with the Chair of the NSET Subcommittee. Both the NNCO Director and the NNCO Deputy Director report to the White House Co-Chair of the CT. The NNCO Director is charged in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153) to arrange, on behalf of the NSET Subcommittee agencies, with the National Research Council of the National Academies to conduct a triennial review of the NNI and transmit the results of these evaluations to Congress.

NNCO Information

  • Main NNCO Phone Number: 703-292-8626
  • Media inquiries: 703-292-7128
  • FAX: 703-292-9312
  • Email: info@nnco.nano.gov
  • Mailing address: 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II Rm 405, Arlington, VA 22230

For a list of current NNCO staff members, see Contact Information.