2016 NNI Strategic Plan

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
NNI Strategic Documents
Author: NSTC/CoT/NSET
Publication Date: Oct. 31 2016

Description:

2016 NNI Strategic Plan Cover

This update of the NNI Strategic Plan satisfies the requirement of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 and replaces the prior NNI Strategic Plan released in February of 2014. This document represents a consensus among NNI agencies on the high-level goals and priorities of the initiative and on specific objectives to be pursued over at least the next three years. The plan provides the framework under which individual agencies conduct their own mission-specific nanotechnology programs, coordinate these activities with those of other NNI agencies, and collaborate.

 

 

 

 

Related links:

2016 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop

Summary of Public Comments on the Draft 2016 NNI Strategic Plan


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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