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The 2013 Federal Budget provides $1.8 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), reflecting steady growth in the NNI investment.
The cumulative NNI investment since fiscal year 2001, including the 2012 request, now totals almost $18 billion. Cumulative investments in nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety research since 2005 now total nearly $650 million. Cumulative investments in education and in research on ethical, legal, and other societal dimensions of nanotechnology since 2005 total more than $350 million.
Funding is reported by eight Programs Component Areas (PCAs).
The 2012 NNI budget supports nanoscale science and engineering R&D at 15 agencies. Agencies with the largest investments are:
- DOE (fundamental and applied research providing a basis for new and improved energy technologies
- NSF (fundamental research and education across all disciplines of science and engineering)
- NIH (nanotechnology-based biomedical research at the intersection of life sciences and the physical sciences)
- DOD (science and engineering research advancing defense and dual-use capabilities)
- NIST (fundamental research and development of measurement and fabrication tools, analytical methodologies, and metrology for nanotechnology)
Other agencies investing in mission-related research are the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Transportation (including the Federal Highway Administration), Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Forest Service).
NNI Budget Overview by Agency
The table below presents the requested budget breakdowns by agency since 2011.
NNI Budget by Agency, 2011-2013 (dollars in millions)
* 2012 levels reflect estimates based on 2012 appropriated levels.
** Funding levels for DOE include the combined budgets of the Office of Science, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).
*** In Tables 2–7, totals may not add, due to rounding.
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