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Webinar Series Notice: NNI Launches Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) Webinar Series

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will host a series of webinars from October to December 2015 sponsored by Federal agencies participating in the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI) and the Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology (Sensors) Signature Initiatives.

Public Invited to Vote in the NNI’s Nanotechnology Video Contest

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) would like to invite members of the public to cast their vote for the winning videos in NNI’s student video contest, Tiny Science. Big Impacts. Cool Videos.

USDA Awards $3.8 Million in Grants for Nanotechnology Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $3.8 million in funding to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental protection.

Public Invited to Vote in the NNI’s EnvisioNano Photo Contest

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) invites members of the public to cast their votes for the winning images in the EnvisioNano photo contest, starting today, April 7th, at 12 noon EDT.

Outcomes of the 2015 EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts joint workshop

On March 12-13, the United States and the European Union held their fourth joint workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts to further promote and deepen the collaboration on nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS or nanosafety) research.

NNI Publishes Workshop Report Assessing the Status of EHS Risk Science

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) today published the report from the workshop, “Stakeholder Perspectives on Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology” (R3 Workshop), which was held September 10-11, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

NNI Publishes Report on Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Commercialization

The National Nanotechnology Initiative today published the proceedings of a technical interchange meeting on “Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization,” held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters on September 15, 2014.

NNI Releases Supplement to the President’s 2016 Budget

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

NNI Announces Multimedia Contests for Students

NNI launches video and image contests for students in honor of President Clinton's landmark speech 15 years ago announcing the creation of the initiative.

Landmark Report Charts Path to Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials

The report, titled “Cellulose Nanomaterials – A Path towards Commercialization,” is a result of a workshop held earlier this year that brought together a wide range of experts from industry, academia, and government to ensure that commercialization efforts are driven by market and user materials needs.

USDA's Forest Products Lab Enters Partnership to Create Nanocellulose Car Parts

Materials scientists across industry, academia, and government have joined forces to replace heavy steel structures in cars with composites reinforced by ultra-strong, lightweight nanoparticles extracted from trees. These nanocellulose materials promise to be an economical substitute for expensive carbon fiber composites used in luxury automobiles.