Goal 3: Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and a dynamic infrastructure and toolset to advance nanotechnology.
As detailed in the 2016 NNI Strategic Plan, the objectives for this goal are as follows:
3.1. Expand outreach and informal education programs in order to inform the public about the opportunities and impacts of nanotechnology.
3.1.1. Develop and publish materials appropriate for informing the public at large and educational materials for students at all levels.
3.1.2 Utilize social media, contests, and other novel approaches to inform and inspire the public, in particular students, about nanotechnology.
3.2. Establish and sustain programs that assist in developing and maintaining a skilled nanotechnology workforce.
3.2.1. Develop, publish, and disseminate materials for educating and training the workforce, at all levels, from vocational to professional.
3.2.2. Continue to provide opportunities for practical training experience for students in federally supported nanotechnology facilities.
3.2.3. Encourage education about the areas of convergence between nanotechnology and other related scientific disciplines, such as biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science.
3.3. Provide, facilitate the sharing of, and sustain the physical and cyber R&D infrastructure, notably user facilities and cooperative research centers.
3.3.1. Establish regular mechanisms to determine the current and future infrastructure needs of users and stakeholders of these facilities and centers.
3.3.2. Develop, operate, and sustain state-of-the-art tools, infrastructure, and user facilities, including ongoing investment, staffing, and upgrades.
3.4. Promote the storage and sharing of data and the development and use of informatics tools for nanotechnology R&D.
3.4.1. Encourage informatics literacy in the nanotechnology workforce.
3.4.2. Support the development of integrated, accessible modeling and informatics tools in all aspects of nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization.
3.4.3. Support the development of databases, as well as machine-readable formats and data standards to enable greater interoperability.