- Nanotechnology 101
- Nanotechnology and You
- About the NNI
- What is the NNI?
- The NSET Subcommittee
- NSET's Participating Federal Partners
- Working Groups
- National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)
- Contact Information
- Collaborations and Funding
- Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives
- Federal Funding & Infrastructure
- Business Development
- Publications and Resources
Federal Legislation & Congressional Info
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a Presidential research and development (R&D) initiative, originally proposed by President Clinton in 2000 and supported by Presidents Bush and Obama. Each year the NNI’s member agencies draft and submit an annual NNI Supplement to the President’s Budget, which includes funding requests for nanotechnology R&D across the NNI participating agencies. Congress then approves or modifies those requests through its Authorization and Appropriation process. Through this process, and over the course of more than a decade since the inception of the NNI, Federal nanotechnology R&D funding has grown from $464 million per year to almost $1.8 billion requested in FY 2013, and the number of participating agencies has grown from six to 27. Fifteen participating agencies currently have nanotechnology R&D budgets.
The NNI was officially created in 2003 when Congress passed, and President George. W. Bush signed into law, the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, (P.L. 108-153).
Congressional Events and Information
U.S. House of Representatives
Key Committee for Nanotechnology Issues: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation