On February 2, 2016, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) seeking examples of commercialization success stories stemming from U.S. government-funded nanotechnology research and development (R&D) since the inception of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2001. OSTP states that the information gathered in response to this RFI may be used as examples to highlight the NNI’s impact or to inform future activities to promote the commercialization of federally funded nanotechnology R&D. Depending on the nature of the feedback, OSTP may use responses to shape the agenda for a workshop to share best practices and showcase commercial nanotechnology-enabled products and services. OSTP also posted a blog item regarding the RFI, which describes “pioneering nanotechnology research by two 2015 National Medal of Science and one National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients [that] has found its way into multiple commercial products.” OSTP invites responses from commercial entities, academic institutions, government laboratories, and individuals who have participated in federally funded R&D; collaborated with federal laboratories; used federally funded user facilities for nanoscale fabrication, characterization, and/or simulation; or have otherwise benefited from NNI agency resources. Responses are due February 29, 2016.
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- OSTP Seeks Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories
Bill Presented to President Obama Would Lengthen Time between NNI Strategic Plans, Reviews, and ...
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) would amend the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 U.S.C. § 7501 et seq.) to change the frequency of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) reports. The strategic plan would be released every five instead of every three years, and the triennial review would be renamed the quadrennial review and be prepared every four years instead of every three. The evaluation of the NNI, which is submitted to Congress, would be due every...
OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research
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National Academies Publishes Prepublication Version of Triennial Review of the NNI
In early September 2016, the National Academies published a prepublication version of the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). In particular, the NRC was asked to assess: (1) mechanisms to advance focused areas of nanotechnology toward advanced development and commercialization; and (2) the physical and human infrastruc...
Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications
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White Paper Describes Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing
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