Synopsis of The Future of the NNI: A Stakeholder Workshop

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NNI Workshop Reports
Publication Date: Sep. 18 2019


The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) hosted The Future of the NNI: A Stakeholder Workshop on August 1–2, 2019, in Washington, DC. The event convened representatives from organizations across the nanotechnology ecosystem, including academia, small and large companies, Federal agencies, standards development organizations, professional societies, non-governmental organizations, user facilities, and industry organizations. Through plenary discussions and breakout sessions, attendees shared their visions for how nanotechnology can enable and inspire future breakthroughs, and identified potential areas where nanotechnology is poised to have—and in some cases is already having—a significant impact. Conversations further explored key needs to support a vibrant nanotechnology ecosystem into the future, as well as possible mechanisms to address the identified needs.

Nanotechnology Fact

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 departments and independent agencies. Since 2001, Federal agencies and Cabinet-level departments have invested more than $25 billion in nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization. These investments, made under the auspices of the NNI, have enabled groundbreaking discoveries that have revolutionized science; established world-class facilities for the characterization of nanoscale materials and their fabrication into nanoscale devices; educated tens of thousands of individuals from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers; and fostered the responsible incorporation of nanotechnology into commercial products.

For more information on how the NNI started and how it is organized, see the page entitled What is the NNI?

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