Monday, December 20, 2004

Nanotech Initiative releases strategic plan

NSET Releases Strategic Plan for National Nanotechnology Initiative (Press Release)

    The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology has released its 2004 Strategic Plan for the Federal R&D program in nanotechnology. This report, which was developed with the support of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, updates the original strategic plan of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) for the next 5 to 10 years.

    The document contains the vision, goals and plans for specific activities by which the goals will be accomplished by the 22 agencies participating in the NNI. The budget for these activities was about $1 billion in 2004.

    As identified in the Plan, the four main goals of the NNI are to

  • Maintain a world-class research and development program aimed at realizing the full potential of nanotechnology
  • Facilitate transfer of new technologies into products for economic growth, jobs, and other public benefit
  • Develop educational resources, a skilled workforce, and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology
  • Support responsible development of nanotechnology
  • The updated strategic plan is called for in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153), which the President signed into law in December 2003. The new strategic plan can be found at

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