Nanotechnology Instrumentation and Metrology, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jan. 29 2004


Report on an NNI workshop seeking research community input regarding capabilities needed for instrumentation and metrology for nanotechnology, held  January 27-29, 2004.

An NNI workshop held under auspices of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee to help develop the research agenda relating to capabilities needed for instrumentation and metrology for nanotechnology.  Used in development of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Session was jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other members of the NSET Subcommittee.

Nanotechnology Fact

The United States is not the only country to recognize the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative's member agencies have cumulatively spent more than $23 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001. According to a Lux Research estimate released in December 2015, “The U.S. leads in government (state and Federal) nanotechnology funding with $1.72 billion spent in 2013 and $1.67 billion spent in 2014. Europe’s collective spending (European Commission and individual country programs) was $2.45 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.8% from 2012. While some countries, such as the U.S., continue to have centralized government programs to coordinate nanotechnology activities, most countries no longer do. In fact, many countries no longer explicitly fund nanotechnology, although it may be a part of initiatives that are funded under different technology support programs. Because of this change, it is difficult to determine with certainty the level of nanotechnology funding by country or region.”

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