Nanotechnology and You

Nanotechnology is changing the world and the way we live, creating scientific advances and new products that are smaller, faster, stronger, safer, and more reliable. After about 20 years of steady progress in nanotechnology research and development, scientists in the United States and around the world have a much clearer picture of how to create nanoscale materials with properties never before envisioned. Scientists and engineers are exploring exciting new discoveries at the nanoscale every day.

Benefits and Applications

Nanotechnology research will have a significant, positive impact on our world.

Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues

The NNI and its member agencies are committed to the responsible development of nanotechnology.

Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues

The potential societal, ethical, and legal implications of nanotechnology are an important NNI issue.

Federal Legislation & Congressional Info

Congress and the Executive Branch fund nanotechnology R&D and establish policies and regulations that affect nano-enabled products and materials.

International Engagement

Examples of multi- and bi-lateral cooperation between the U.S. and foreign governments.

Standards for Nanotechnology

Globally accepted nanotechnology standards are vital to continuing progress in research and development and eventual commercialization.

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."

Learn more on the NNI Budget page.