The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
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The vision of the National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI is a future in which the ability to understand and control matter on the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry. Toward this vision, the NNI will expedite the discovery, development, and deployment of nanotechnology in order to achieve responsible and sustainable economic benefits, to enhance the quality of life, and to promote national security. The initiative is a multiagency, multidisciplinary program that supports research and development RD develops infrastructure and promotes education, knowledge diffusion, and commercialization in nanotechnology. Concurrent with development of new technology options, the NNI is addressing nanotechnologys various societal dimensions. With the goal of achieving the above vision, the National Nanotechnology Initiative was launched in Fiscal Year FY 2001. Since that time, the annual Federal investment in nanotechnology RD has more than doubled to almost 1 billion, the number of Federal agencies investing in nanotechnology RD has grown from 6 to 11, and the total number of participating agencies has grown from 6 to 22. Participating agencies are those for which nanotechnology is relevant to the agency mission, including both those with and without nanotechnology RD funding. Interagency coordination is managed through the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology NSET Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council NSTC Committee on Technology.
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