The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan, December 2004

Subject Area:
NNI Strategic Documents
Author: Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council
Publication Date: Dec. 7 2004

Description:

The Strategic Plan represents the culmination of a series of activities designed to elicit community input from academia, industry and government, aimed at identifying cross-cutting themes and priority research opportunities for the NNI over 5-10 years. Includes a description of the NNI investment strategy and the major categories of investment, or program component areas.


Nanotechnology Fact

The United States is not the only country to recognize the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative's (NNI) member agencies have cumulatively spent nearly $24 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001. According to Lux Research: "Governments, corporations, and private investors (venture capitalists) invested $18.5 billion in nanotechnology in 2012, increasing their spending 8% relative to 2010. The U.S. contributed 36% of this amount. Corporations expanded spending by 21% over 2010, while governments and private investors reduced their investments by 5% and 10% respectively. The United States maintained its lead over all other governments, with $2.1 billion of federal and state funding in 2012. U.S. corporations also led global spending on nanotechnology research and development, investing $4 billion in 2012, which was approximately $1 billion more than the next country, Japan."

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