NNI Supplement to the President's 2016 Budget

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
NNI Budget
Author: NSTC/CoT/NSET
Publication Date: Mar. 11 2015

Description:

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

The cumulative NNI investment since fiscal year 2001, including the 2017 request, now totals more than $23 billion. In addition, more than $1 billion has been invested cumulatively since 2004 in funding for nanotechnology-based small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the participating Federal agencies. Nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety (EHS, or nanoEHS) activities have become a hallmark of the NNI, with R&D, policy, and regulation in this area extensively coordinated among Federal agencies. NanoEHS activities, including relevant topics incorporated into the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs), account for approximately 10% of the NNI budget request from 2015-2017. Cumulative NNI EHS investments from 2006 through 2015 have now reached more than $1 billion. For more information, visit the NNI Budget page.

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