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Registration Now Open: A Public Lecture by NNCO Director Dr. Michael Meador in London

Join NNCO Director Dr. Michael Meador to learn about the fundamentals of nanotechnology—what it is and why it’s unique—and how this emerging, disruptive technology will change the world. From invisibility cloaks to lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles to a cure for cancer, nanotechnology might just be the biggest thing you can’t see.

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.

Director Named for National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael A. Meador as its new Director.

PCAST Releases Fifth Assessment of the NNI

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the Report to the President and Congress on the Fifth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Nanotechnology Community Alert: President Proposes Creation of 45 New Manufacturing Centers Around U.S.

DOD & DOE requesting information on new focus areas, many of which are relevant to nano-enabled technologies.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative Releases Progress Review on Environmental, Health, & Safety Research

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released today a Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, a document that demonstrates the wide range of research activities, accomplishments, and collaborations of Federal agencies working toward the responsible development of nanotechnology.

FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products

Today, three final guidances and one draft guidance were issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration providing greater regulatory clarity for industry on the use of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products.

NNI to Host Booths and Participate in NSI Activities at Nanotech 2014

If you plan to attend Nanotech 2014, please look for the NNI! In addition to the NNI booth, several events are planned to support the goals of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs). Nanotech 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Convention Center in the Washington, DC area on June 16-18.