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The FY 2010 $1.6 billion National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) budget reflects steady growth and brings the cumulative investments since 2001 to almost $12 billion. NNI investments also show a commitment to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research, with a nearly 30% increase since 2008, totaling $88 million for FY 2010. Cumulative investments in EHS research since 2005 now total over $350 million. Cumulative investments in education and in research on ethical, legal, and other societal dimensions of nanotechnology since 2005 total over $220 million.
Beyond the estimated $1.6 billion in NNI investments reported through participating agencies, an additional $140 million has been provided for nanotechnology research and infrastructure investments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Major Budget Highlights Include:
- Research on fundamental nanoscale phenomena and processes, which remains the largest program component area (PCA), across all agencies, is growing from $478 million in 2008 to $507 million in 2010.
- PCAs on nanoscale devices and systems: $355 million
- PCAs on nanomaterials: $297 million
- EHS research: $88 million
- Instrumentation research, metrology, and standards continue to grow, from $69 million in 2008 to $84 million in 2010
- Nanomanufacturing research investments are up to $49 million, from $42 million in 2008, with a one-year increase to $70 million in 2009, due in part to ARRA funding.
- NIOSH and EPA, which previously had relatively small nanotechnology budgets, will receive some of the largest percentage increases in nanotechnology-related funding for 2010.
- DHS will also show large percentage increase in its nanotechnology budget after reexamining its investment portfolio.
- NIH investments, as in the past, continue to rise rapidly.
- Of the 13 NNI agencies with R&D budgets, the largest nanotechnology investments are in: NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH, and NIST
This sustained major investment in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) reflects the broad support of the Obama Administration, Congress, and participating Federal agencies for this program. This support is based on nanotechnology’s potential to vastly improve our fundamental understanding and control of matter, ultimately leading to a revolution in technology and industry for the benefit of society. The NNI remains focused on fulfilling the Federal role of supporting basic research, infrastructure development, and technology transfer, in the expectation that the resulting advances and capabilities will make important contributions to national priorities, with applications across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, electronics, aeronautics, agriculture and food, and energy.