Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives

To accelerate nanotechnology development in support of national priorities and innovation strategy, OSTP and the NNI member agencies have identified areas ripe for significant advances through close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration. This collaboration includes Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs), which are multiagency initiatives designed to focus a spotlight on technology areas of national importance that may be more rapidly advanced through enhanced interagency coordination and collaboration. 

Click each of the below links for a summary of the corresponding initiative, the associated white paper, the affiliated agencies and their related programs, and more.

Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion: Contributing to Energy Solutions for the Future

This nanotechnology signature initiative will utilize the unique physical phenomna that occur on the nanoscale to help overcome current performance barriers and substantially improve the collection and conversion of solar energy.

Sustainable Nanomanufacturing: Creating the Industries of the Future

This nanotechnology signature initiative will establish manufacturing technologies for economical and sustainable integration of nanoscale building blocks into complex, large-scale systems by supporting product, tool, and process design informed by and adhering to the overall constraints of safety, sustainability, and scalability.

Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond

This nanotechnology signature initiative is aimed at discovering and using novel nanoscale fabrication processes and innovative concepts to produce revolutionary materials, devices, systems, and architectures to advance the field of nanoelectronics.

Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI): Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design

This nanotechnology signature initiative will coordinate the nanoscale science, engineering, and technology communities around the fundamental, interconnected elements of collaborative modeling, a cyber-toolbox, and data infrastructure that will capitalize on American strengths in innovation, shorten the time from research to new product development, and maintain U.S. leadership in sustainable design of engineered nanoscale materials.

Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology: Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment

This nanotechology signature initiative has considerable potential for nanotechnology to open the door to the development of inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly detect, identify, and quantify biological and chemical substances.