SPOTLIGHT: U.S. NANOTECHNOLOGY: NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE (NNI)
Jun 16, 2010
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was established in Fiscal Year 2001 to coordinate Federal nanotechnology research and development. The goal is to act as a central locus for communication, cooperation, and collaboration for the 25 Federal agencies that are currently participating. The NNI has requested USD 1.76 billion across fifteen federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2011.
- Advance a world-class nanotechnology research and development program.
- Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit.
- Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology.
- Support responsible development of nanotechnology.
HOW EU RESEARCHERS & INSTITUTIONS CAN BE INVOLVED
While NNI funding is not available for EU Researchers and Institutions, there is still an opportunity to work with U.S. researchers. Each year since 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in conjunction with the European Commission (EC), has issued a coordinated call regarding funding for nanotechnology. Thus far, organized but separate calls have been made, with simultaneous and coordinated evaluation of the proposals completed according to their own rules.