National Science and Technology Council Unveils Nanotech Initiative Strategic Plan

research and development RDThe National Science and Technology Council has released a strategic plan that aims to define the vision of the National Nanotechnology Initiative as well as the strategies to help meet the NNI goals.

Lloyd Whitman, assistant director for nanotechnology and advanced materials at the White House’s office of science and technology policy, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the NSTC plan also tackles an investment strategy established in response to the 21st Century Research and Development Act of 2003.

“Over the life of the NNI, nanotechnology has evolved from an area of fundamental research focused on understanding and exploiting the phenomena that occur at the nanoscale to what is now a broadly enabling technology,” said Whitman.

“This latest strategic plan reflects that evolution and addresses how those agencies will collaborate with each other and the broader nanotechnology community… to expand the ecosystem that supports fundamental discovery, fosters innovation, and promotes the transfer of nanotechnology discoveries from lab to market.”

Whitman noted that agencies and the nanotechnology community have engaged in activities such as the National Nanotechnology Day and 100 Billion Nanometer Dash.

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