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

Nanotechnology has the potential to profoundly change our economy and improve our standard of living, in much the same way as information technology advances have revolutionized our lives and the economy over the past two decades. While some commercial products are beginning to come to market, many major applications for nanotechnology are still 5-10 years away. Private investors look for short-term returns on investment, generally in the range of 1-3 years. Consequently, government support for nanotechnology research and development in its early stages is required to ensure that the United States can maintain a competitive position in the worldwide nanotechnology marketplace while realizing nanotechnology’s full potential. For more information on the various funding mechanisms of the NNI, see Funding Opportunities. To see some examples of what NNI funding has accomplished, see NNI Achievements in Nanotechnology.

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