This document is a supplement to the President’s 2023 Budget request and serves as the Annual Report for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), called for under the provisions of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 USC §7501). The report also addresses the requirement for Department of Defense reporting on its nanotechnology investments, per 10 USC §2358.
The President’s 2023 Budget requests $1.99 billion for the NNI, with a continued investment in the foundational research that will fuel new discoveries and application-driven research and development to advance technologies of the future and address world challenges. Cumulatively totaling over $40.7 billion (including the 2023 request), NNI investments support research to understand matter at the nanoscale and to translate this knowledge into technological breakthroughs that benefit all Americans.
The President’s 2023 Budget supports nanoscale science, engineering, and technology R&D at 11 agencies. See the graph above for funding trends since the inception of the NNI. The NNI Supplement to the President’s 2023 Budget documents progress of the NNI participating agencies in addressing the goals and objectives of the NNI. As called for in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, NNI investments are categorized by Program Component Area (PCA). The PCA breakdown for the 2023 Budget can be seen in the pie chart on the left.
About the cover image (above)
Each year’s NNI Supplement to the President’s Budget features cover images illustrating recent developments in nanotechnology stemming from NNI activities that have the potential to make major contributions to national priorities.
This year’s cover is a modified image of lithium titanate “nanoflower” structures being developed by scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and a university for energy storage applications. The image was acquired using a scanning electron microscope at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials. The work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and university funds. See: https://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=217376 and https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202002489. Image credit: BNL.
About the inside back cover (above)
Images illustrate examples of NNI outreach activities. The NNI promotes public outreach to students, teachers, the general public, and the NNI community through:
Top – The NNI family of podcasts (nano.gov/podcasts)
- Stories from the NNI (left) – experts share their perspectives on advances that have been made and future prospects of nanotechnology.
- Nano Matters (center) – explores specific examples of nanotechnology and how it impacts everyday life.
- Nano Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) (right) – brings new and seasoned entrepreneurs together with the people and resources available to support them and highlights best practices, resources, and advice from entrepreneurs.
- Left: National Nanotechnology Day on October 9 (nano.gov/nationalnanotechnologyday).
- Right: NanoEducators Quarterly Forum (nano.gov/sites/default/files/NanoEducators%20Forum%20Flyer.pdf).