NNI Budget

The 2016 Federal Budget provides more than $1.5 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), a continued investment in support of the President’s priorities and innovation strategy.

The cumulative NNI investment since fiscal year 2001, including the 2016 request, now totals more than $22 billion. Nanotechnology EHS (nanoEHS) activities have become a hallmark of the NNI, with R&D, policy, and regulation in this area extensively coordinated among Federal agencies. NanoEHS activities, including relevant topics incorporated into the NSIs, account for over 10% of the NNI budget request in 2016. Cumulative EHS investments from 2006 through 2015 have now reached nearly $1 billion.

Starting with the FY 2015 Budget, funding is reported by five Programs Component Areas (PCAs) and five additional subcategories. The new PCAs are more broadly strategic, fully inclusive, and consistent with Federal research categories. The change in PCA structure was implemented as part of the updated 2014 NNI Strategic Plan.

The 2016 NNI Budget supports nanoscale science and engineering R&D at 11 agencies. Federal organizations with the largest investments are:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): nanotechnology-based biomedical research at the intersection of life and physical sciences
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): fundamental research and education across all disciplines of science and engineering
  • Department of Energy (DOE): fundamental and applied research providing a basis for new and improved energy technologies 
  • Department of Defense (DOD): science and engineering research advancing defense and dual-use capabilities
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): fundamental research and development of measurement and fabrication tools, analytical methodologies, metrology, and standards for nanotechnology
Other agencies and agency components investing in mission-related nanotechnology research are Department of Homeland Security, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Transportation (including the Federal Highway Administration), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Forest Service, and the Agricultural Research Service).

NNI Funded Projects

The Obama Administration supports efforts to expand public access to information on Federally funded research. Below are websites that list projects by agency and subject area.

NNI Budget Numbers by Agency, 2013-2015

Graph below is from the 2016 Budget Supplement (page 22.)

Table 2: NNI Budget, by Agency, 2014–2016

NNI budget by agency FY 2014-2016

For clarification, see the Acronyms page.