NNI Supplement to the President's 2016 Budget

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NNI Publications and Reports
NNI Budget
Publication Date: Mar. 11 2015


2016 NNI Historical Funding by Agency This document is a supplement to the President’s 2016 Budget request submitted to Congress on February 2, 2015, and serves as the Annual Report for the National Nanotechnology Initiative called for under the provisions of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-153, 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 2016 Budget provides $1.5 billion for the NNI, a continued investment in support of the President’s priorities and innovation strategy. Cumulatively totaling more than $22 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001 (including the 2016 request), this support reflects nanotechnology’s potential to significantly improve our fundamental understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale and to translate that knowledge into solutions for critical national needs. The NNI investments in 2014 and 2015 and those proposed for 2016 reflect a renewed emphasis on accelerating the transition from basic R&D to innovations that support national priorities, while maintaining a strong foundation of broad, fundamental research in nanoscience that provides a continuing pipeline of new discoveries that will enable future revolutionary applications.
The President’s 2016 Budget supports nanoscale science, engineering, and technology R&D at 11 agencies. Another 9 agencies have nanotechnology-related mission interests or regulatory responsibilities. (See the Acronyms page for agency abbreviations.) The NNI Supplement to the President’s 2016 Budget documents progress of these NNI participating agencies in addressing the goals and objectives of the NNI. 

2016 NNI Investments by PCA

The 2016 Budget is the second in which the funding for nanotechnology at the NNI participating agencies is being reported under the revised Program Component Areas (PCAs), or budget categories, outlined in the 2014 NNI Strategic Plan. Although the updated PCAs do not reflect a change in the overall scope of the Initiative, direct comparisons should not be made between spending figures by PCA for 2013–2016 and previous years, with the exception of PCA 5 (Environment, Health, and Safety), which remains unchanged between the old and new PCA categories.

Nanotechnology Fact

Yes, nanotechnology is becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives and has found its way into many commercial products, for example, strong, lightweight materials for better fuel economy; targeted drug delivery for safer and more effective cancer treatments; clean, accessible drinking water around the world; superfast computers with vast amounts of storage; self-cleaning surfaces; wearable health monitors; more efficient solar panels; safer food through packaging and monitoring; regrowth of skin, bone, and nerve cells for better medical outcomes; smart windows that lighten or darken to conserve energy; and nanotechnology-enabled concrete that dries more quickly and has sensors to detect stress or corrosion at the nanoscale in roads, bridges, and buildings. By some estimates, revenue from the sale of nanotechnology-enabled products made in the United States has grown more than six-fold from 2009 through 2016.

For more information, see Benefits and Applications.

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