The US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has published a 2014 edition of its Strategic Plan. The plan, developed by the Nanoscale, Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee and guided by substantial stakeholder input, ‘describes the NNI vision and goals and the strategies by which these goals are to be achieved, including specific objectives within each of the goals’, as well as ‘the NNI investment strategy and the investment categories’.
One of the major changes in this edition is that the program component areas (PCAs) of the strategy, which are used to monitor the categories of investments needed to ensure the NNI’s success, were ‘revised to better represent the current state of nanotechnology’. These new descriptions were also considered to be ‘better aligned with the goals and objectives of the current plan’.
The plan also draws attention to interagency activities that ‘leverage the strengths, resources, and investments of the NNI agencies’ in particular thematic areas; these are the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs), and there are currently five ongoing: solar energy; sustainable manufacturing; next-generation electronics; informatics; and sensors.
The four goals of the NNI, however, remain to:
- Advance a world-class nanotechnology research and development program
- Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit
- Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and a dynamic infrastructure and toolset to advance nanotechnology
- Support responsible development of nanotechnology
Follow this link to read the 2014 edition of the NNI’s strategic plan.