- Nanotechnology 101
- Nanotechnology and You
- About the NNI
- What is the NNI?
- The NSET Subcommittee
- NSET's Participating Federal Partners
- Working Groups
- National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)
- Contact Information
- Collaborations and Funding
- Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives
- FAQs for Business
- Federal Funding & Infrastructure
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National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation supports nanoscale science and engineering in all disciplines through its research and education activities as a means to promote discovery and innovation and integrate various fields of research. There are some cross Directorate and non-Directorate mechanisms, as well.
FY 2012 Actual $466.3 million
FY 2013 Estimated $426 million
FY 2014 Proposed $430.9 million
NSF supports upstream research and education in all areas of nanoscale science and engineering, leading to a flexible infrastructure and educational pipeline at the national level. It also advances nanotechnology innovation through a variety of translational research programs and by partnering with industry, states, and other agencies. NNI funding provides a source of increased interdisciplinary activity for about 5,000 active awards that represent more than 10% of the overall NSF research portfolio About 10,000 students and teachers are educated and trained in nanoscale science and engineering each year. In FY ?, more than 100 small businesses were funded to perform research and product development in nanotechnology through NSF’s SBIR/STTR programs. NSF’s nanotechnology research is supported primarily through grants to individuals, teams, and centers at U.S. academic institutions.
In 2009 The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made awards to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). The centers, led by UCLA and Duke University, will study how nanomaterials interact with the environment and with living systems, and will translate this knowledge into risk assessment and mitigation strategies useful in the development of nanotechnology.
Bobbie Mixon, Public Affairs Specialist
Cecile Gonzalez, NSF Directorate for Engineering