Every three years, NNI agencies prepare an updated NNI Strategic Plan according to the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003. Therefore the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) recently announced that the new 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan is now accessible.
Achievements of the NNI so far
Consisting of a collaboration of twenty Federal agencies and departments, the NNI is well known for its future-oriented discoveries that have a great impact on science. Until now the NNI has produced the following successes:
• It has already established excellent facilities for the characterization of nanoscale materials and their fabrication into nanoscale devices
• It educated different individuals from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers
• It supported the responsible incorporation of nanotechnology into commercial products like apparel, consumer electronics, sporting goods, and automobiles.
The Strategic Plan 2016 and its contribution to the future of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is said to be moving from a fundamental research area to an enabling technology whose outcome results in new materials, devices, and systems. Those will improve the people’s quality of life, economy, and national security. In the future, the NNI will continue to invest in the next breakthroughs in nanoscale materials and devices. In a next step, it intends to make nanotechnology discoveries from labs/research ready for the market.
The Strategic plan 2016 finally represents the framework under which individual agencies conduct their own nanotechnology programs according to their missions, coordinate these activities with those of other NNI agencies, and collaborate.
Find the online version of the new 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan here.
For more information about the NNI, click the following link: http://www.nano.gov/