Public Participation in Nanotechnology Workshop Report

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: NNI/ NSET
Publication Date: Apr. 19 2012

Description:

This document is the report of the NNI Workshop on Public Participation in Nanotechnology held in May
2006. The workshop was sponsored by the NSET Subcommittee and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
as part of long-range planning efforts for the NNI, guided by thoughtful concern for the opinions and benefit
of the American people. The recommendations of the public participation workshop provided guidance to
the NSET Subcommittee and its Nanotechnology Public Engagement and Communications (NPEC) Working
Group in the development of NNI strategic plans, and they continue to serve as a reference point for ongoing
public participation activities related to the NNI. Some information in the body of the report was updated
through 2008; the preface includes some additional updates through early 2012; however, the main content
dates from 2006.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors
and workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Government or the
authors’ parent institutions. This report is not a consensus document but rather is intended to reflect the
diverse views, expertise, and deliberations of the workshop participants.

The report was designed, assembled, and edited by NNCO staff.


Nanotechnology Fact

The United States is not the only country to recognize the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative's member agencies have cumulatively spent more than $23 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001. According to a Lux Research estimate released in December 2015, “The U.S. leads in government (state and Federal) nanotechnology funding with $1.72 billion spent in 2013 and $1.67 billion spent in 2014. Europe’s collective spending (European Commission and individual country programs) was $2.45 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.8% from 2012. While some countries, such as the U.S., continue to have centralized government programs to coordinate nanotechnology activities, most countries no longer do. In fact, many countries no longer explicitly fund nanotechnology, although it may be a part of initiatives that are funded under different technology support programs. Because of this change, it is difficult to determine with certainty the level of nanotechnology funding by country or region.”

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