NNI and the 2012 NRC Report: Comparative Quotes

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: NNCO
Publication Date: Jan. 30 2012

Description:

A recently released National Research Council (NRC) report, A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs), largely reflects the strategic framework and principles outlined in the 2011 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy, released in October 2011. The following comparisons highlight some of the many ways in which these two strategies are concordant.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology has the potential to profoundly change our economy and improve our standard of living, in much the same way as information technology advances have revolutionized our lives and the economy over the past two decades. While some commercial products are beginning to come to market, many major applications for nanotechnology are still 5-10 years away. Private investors look for short-term returns on investment, generally in the range of 1-3 years. Consequently, government support for nanotechnology research and development in its early stages is required to ensure that the United States can maintain a competitive position in the worldwide nanotechnology marketplace while realizing nanotechnology’s full potential. For more information on the various funding mechanisms of the NNI, see Funding Opportunities. To see some examples of what NNI funding has accomplished, see NNI Achievements in Nanotechnology.

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