A First Look at the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative

B.E. Svedberg
The National Academies, US

Keywords: NNI, triennial review, NRC, National Academies, technology transfer, progress, metrics, coordination


The National Research Council (NRC) was asked by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) to conduct the next triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) as pursuant to the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, Section 5 of Public Law 108-153 by the U.S. Congress. As part of this triennial review of NNI, a committee has been tasked with providing advice to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in three areas: 1. Examine the role of the NNI in maximizing opportunities to transfer selected technologies to the private sector. 2. Assess the suitability of current procedures and criteria for determining progress towards NNI goals, suggest definitions of success and associated metrics. 3. Review NNI’s management and coordination of nanotechnology research across both civilian and military federal agencies. This presentation will look at the report and what the committee recommended in the areas mentioned above and the significance of those recommendations.