Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of The National Nanotechnology Initiative
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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The National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI is the U.S. Governments cross-cutting program that coordinates Federal research and development RD activities in nanoscale science, engineering, technology, and related efforts among various participating agencies. The Federal Government launched the NNI in FY 2001 with an initial 500 million budget to accelerate the development of nanotechnology. Over the ensuing 10 years, with cumulative Federal spending of 12 billion, the NNI has played a key role in positioning the United States as the world leader in both nanotechnology RD and commercialization. The NNI has also catalyzed State activities that leverage Federal investments with a focus on economic growth and job creation. Indeed, nanotechnology appears slated to become an important contributor to the economic growth of the United States over the coming decade and beyond. Today, the NNI is a multi-agency initiative that now includes 25 Federal agencies, 15 of which in FY 2011 will have their own individual budgets for nanotechnology RD. The NNI is managed within the framework of the National Science and Technology Council NSTC, the Cabinet-level council by which the President coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal Government. The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology NSET Subcommittee of the NSTC coordinates the planning, budgeting, program implementation, and review of the NNI. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office NNCO provides technical and administrative support to the NSET Subcommittee, serves as a central point of contact for Federal nanotechnology RD activities, and engages in public outreach on behalf of the NNI. The NNCO also serves as a liaison to academia, industry, professional societies, foreign organizations, and others to exchange technical and programmatic information.
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