National Nanotechnology Initiative Updates Strategic Plan

Published March 12, 2014

The 2014 Strategic Plan for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was released Feb. 26. The plan forms the framework for nanotechnology work among the 20 federal departments and agencies that participate in NNI, a U.S. government R&D initiative.

The plan outlines NNI’s vision and goals for nanotechnology research and development in the coming years; addresses potential concerns about existing and future applications of nanotechnology; and facilitates planning and implementation of nanotechnology R&D investments and activities for agency leaders, program managers, and the research community.

According to NNI, the new plan was revised to reflect the current state of nanotechnology, including advances in nanotechnology applications and commercialization, expanded interagency collaborations, and changes in stakeholder needs.

The 2014 NNI Strategic Plan is available as a PDF download on NNI’s website.

NNI’s four primary goals are to advance nanotechnology R&D; to foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit; to develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled work force, and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology; and to support the responsible development of nanotechnology. NNI was established in 2001.