NNI Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives

NNI Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives
Lisa E. FriedersdorfLisa E. Friedersdorf
Deputy Director
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

The federal agencies participating in the US National Nanotechnology Initiative have identified focused areas of national importance that may be more rapidly advanced through enhanced coordination and collaboration of agency research and development efforts. These Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs) provide a spotlight on critical areas and define the shared vision of the participating agencies for accelerating the advancement of nanoscale science and technology to address needs and exploit opportunities from research through commercialization.

The five current NSIs are:

  • Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion:
    To enhance understanding of conversion and storage phenomena at the nanoscale, improve nanoscale characterization of electronic properties, and help enable economical nanomanufacturing of robust devices.

    This initiative includes activities from the following collaborating agencies: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture.

    Activities of the Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion NSI will be hightlighted in the Solar Power Technologies Symposium.


  • Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future NSI:
    To establish manufacturing technologies for economical and sustainable integration of nanoscale building blocks into complex, large scale systems.

    This initiative includes activities from the following collaborating agencies: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Department of Agriculture.

    Activities of the Sustainable Nanomanufacturing NSI will be highlighted in the Sustainable Nanomanufacturing Symposium.


  • Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond:
    To accelerate the discovery and use of novel nanoscale fabrication processes and innovative concepts to produce revolutionary materials, devices, systems, and architectures to advance the field of nanoelectronics.

    This initiative includes activities from the following collaborating agencies: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Science Foundation.

    Activities of the Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond NSI will be highlighted in the Nanoelectronics Symposium.


  • Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology: Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment:
    Supporting research on nanomaterial properties and the development of supporting technologies that enable next-generation sensing of biological, chemical, and nanoscale materials.

    This initiative includes activities from the following collaborating agencies: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Agriculture.

    Activities of the Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology NSI will be highlighted in the Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology Symposium.


  • Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure:
    Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design, which is to provide a community-based, solutions-oriented knowledge infrastructure to accelerate nanotechnology discovery and innovation.

    This initiative includes activities from the following collaborating agencies: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Activities of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure NSI will be highlighted in the Modeling, Simulation and Informatics Symposium.

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