International Engagement

NNI agencies and representatives participate in many international activities, including bilateral and multilateral cooperative programs, tracking foreign progress in nanotechnology R&D, and the promotion of the trade and commercial interests of the United States. Cooperation and collaboration with other nations on nanoscale science and technology R&D can further the progress of the NNI while helping our international partners achieve their own goals.

The development of a healthy global marketplace for nanotechnology products and ideas will require the establishment of consumer confidence; common approaches to nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety issues; efficient and effective regulatory schemes; and equitable trade practices for nanotechnology – not just in the United States, but worldwide.

The Global Issues Coordinator works with the Department of State and relevant NNI member agencies to coordinat and advance international programs and activities.